Monday, November 19, 2012

Mastery of Design: A Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, 1930

Platinum, Gold, Yellow and White Diamonds,
Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphires
Van Cleef & Arpels, 1930
The Victoria & Albert Museum

We’ve seen the transition of botanical-themed jewelry through the ages from Georgian spray ornaments to enameled toad-stools. This was the next step.

Made in 1930, in Paris, this stunning brooch of platinum and gold is set with baguette and brilliant-cut white and yellow diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies. A creation from luxury jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels, this is the height of 1930’s chic combined with the delicacy of the Nineteenth Century.


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