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Van Cleef & Arpels Indian-inspired Convertible Diamond Necklace and Pendant Earrings


Designed in the 1960s, this convertible 18K gold and diamond suite by Van Cleef & Arpels comprises a pendant necklace and day/night earrings. The 18K gold ropework necklace with detachable pendant is designed as a single dividing to double-stranded diamond rivière, sweeping to a delicate point in the center, and suspending a detachable leaf-form pendant with a flexible fringe, set throughout with round brilliant-cut diamonds. The ensuite 18K gold ropework and diamond day/night pendant earrings are each designed as an oval top suspending flexibly-mounted detachable leaf-form pendants. Beautifully-made, softly flexible, and versatile, this opulent Van Cleef & Arpels suite derives inspiration from the forms and sacred materials of India, where precious gems, gold and spirituality have synthesized to create thousands of years of jewelry art.


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Item #: STE-20632
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels
Country: United States
Circa: 1975
Size:  Necklace: 17.00”; Pendant: 2.50” length x 1.25” width; Pendant Earrings: 2.50" length x 1.00” width
Materials: Necklace:  152 round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 23.00 carats); Pendant Earrings: 82 round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 8.30 carats); 18K gold
Signed: Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels N.Y. 43176; Necklace: Van Cleef & Arpels N.Y. 45581; with makers mark; Style Number: 585 

Van Cleef & Arpels designers have been drawing inspiration from Indian jewelry since the 1920s, when they famously created a pair of diamond and emerald cuff bracelets - convertible into a necklace - for Lady Daisy Fellowes, a French-American aristocrat and heiress known in the 1930s as the most stylish woman in the world. During the period of the 1950s-70s, Claude and Louis Arpels journeyed to India to make purchases of exceptional gems. In keeping with the firm’s tradition of representing exquisite French textiles in their jewelry design, the brothers returned with ideas for reflecting Indian embroidery and textile arts in their jewelry of this period.