VAN CLEEF & ARPELS | DIAMOND BRACELET, 1930
Of geometric design, set with baguette and old European-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum, length approximately 185mm, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, French assay marks, pouch stamped Van Cleef & Arpels.
Accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity from Van Cleef & Arpels.
Signed VAN CLEEF ARPELS, numbered 33505. With French assay marks for platinum. Diamonds estimated to weigh approximately 32.00 carats in total, mainly about G colour and SI clarity, as gauged and graded in the mounting. Signs of normal wear to the metal commensurate with age. Overall in very good condition. With Van Cleef & Arpels certificate of authenticity and a pouch stamped Van Cleef & Arpels.
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During the Silver Screen years of the late 20s and 30s, there was an all-white jewellery vogue that dominated. At the end of the 1910s, Art Nouveau gave way to the sleek geometry of Art Deco. During this time, Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations clearly embraced this period’s style. The Art Deco bracelets – worn on the wrist or ‘Indian style’ on the upper arm – suited the slinky, sleeveless dresses of the time.
The great heritage master jewelers of the Place Vendôme included Van Cleef & Arpels amongst its peers. During this period, Paris was celebrating its golden status as the center of art and luxury, to both Haute Couture and Haute Joaillerie. Van Cleef & Arpels, was particularly known for their skills in reflecting the Art Deco inspiration and artistic impetus of Renée Puissant – daughter of Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels – the ideal combination of ingenuity and elegance. It was during this period that Van Cleef & Arpels was at the pinnacle of its creativity, producing a plethora of iconic designs such as Mystery Set™, the creation of the Ludo Hexagone bracelet, specially commissioned pieces by style icon, the Duchess of Windsor, marking itself as a master in iconic bracelets.
Lot 1646 epitomizes the Maison at the height of the Art Deco period, with its geometric and clean lines, a perfect example of the style of the time maintaining a timeless elegance through the years.
梵克雅寶是創始於巴黎芳登廣場（Place Vendôme）的傳奇珠寶商之一，在當時，巴黎正歡慶其身處藝術和奢侈品中心的黃金地位，在高級訂製服飾和珠寶上大放異彩。梵克雅寶最為人稱道的設計，是來自品牌創辦人—阿爾弗瑞德梵克里夫Alfred Van Cleef 及艾斯黛爾雅寶Estelle Arpels的女兒—荷內普依松Renée Puissant，其將裝飾藝術元素和設計天份完美結合，呈現獨樹一幟而優雅的風格。也正是這個時期，梵克雅寶創造出許多巔峰之作，其獨創的經典設計和工藝，如專利的隱密式鑲嵌法（Mystery Set™）、六邊形鉸接式的Ludo Hexagone手鍊、以及特別為時尚指標的溫莎公爵夫人訂製的多款珠寶，宣誓了其在手鏈珠寶設計大師的地位。