A turquoise and diamond parure, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1960s

The tiara designed as five graduated large oval cabochon turquoise stones within a brilliant-cut diamond-set border, interspersed by six smaller cabochon turquoise stones, the necklace and earrings of conforming design, the smaller cabochons of the necklace issuing diamond-set stylised buds, struck to the clasp with maker's mark and numbered 21741, inner length of tiara approximately 347mm, inner circumference of necklace approximately 342mm, length of earrings approximately 50mm.

Catalogue Note

During the 1960s there was a fascination by the West for Indian culture. The decorative arts industries exploded in colour, forms and materials inspired by the region and this parure is an exquisite example of this trend, in its exhibition of brightly coloured turquoise cabochons, palm-shaped motifs set with white brilliant-cut diamonds all set against yellow gold. Further to this, and testament to the craftsmanship of the Van Cleef & Arpel’s workshops, elements from the tiara and earrings can be detached and added to the necklace to create a bolder and more impressive look for the wearer.