VAN CLEEF & ARPELS | 'ZIP' DIAMOND NECKLACE
梵克雅寶 | 'Zip' 鑽石項鏈
Of zip design, set with brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in 18 karat yellow gold and platinum, can be worn as a bracelet, necklace maximum length approximately 420mm, length approximately 165mm, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, French assay and maker's marks.
Signed VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, numbered ML 3781, inscribed 750 and with French assay marks for 18 karat yellow gold, with French assay marks for platinum and indistinct French maker's marks for Péry et Cie. Diamonds estimated to weigh approximately 9.00 carats in total, on average E-F colour, VVS-VS clarity, as gauged and graded in the mount.
Signs of normal wear to the metal commensurate with age. Overall in very good condition.
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The zip fastener invented in late 19th century America as a fastening for boots and aviator jacketswas transformed into an exceptional piece of jewellery; harmoniously incorporating technical brilliance and design. Upon the adoption of zippers into Haute Couture in the 1930s, the Duchess of Windsor suggested creating the Zip necklace to Renee Puissant, the Artistic Director and daughter of Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels.
After over a decade of manufacturing, the first Zip necklace came to life in 1950. The Zip necklace expanded on the seemingly basic function, elevating its versatility and glamour, into a playful yet functional jewellery piece that could be worn open as a necklace, or closed as a bracelet. Ensuring that each piece seamlessly cascaded along the neckline and the wrist required exceptional flexibility and fluidity. The ingenious and outstanding technical achievement of using precious metals and stones subtly formed and positioned to mimic fabrics demonstrates the unrivalled virtuosity of craftsmanship behind the Maison.
The juxtaposition of an ordinary object reinvented as high jewellery is a bold statement which the House mastered with sophistication, naturally giving rise to one of the most avant-garde and emblematic creations by Van Cleef& Arpels to date.
拉鏈自19世紀末期美國問世，最早用於靴扣和飛行員夾克。1930年代，拉鏈開始成為高級定制服裝中常用的配件，受其啟發的溫莎公爵夫人曾建議梵克雅寶的創意總監、Alfred Van Cleef 與Estelle Arpels的女兒Renée Puissant以拉鏈為原型創作一款項鏈，自此開啟由平凡實用之拉鏈向優雅貴重之珠寶蛻變的奇妙之旅。