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Van Cleef & Arpels "Two Feathers" Gold and Diamond Brooch


This dynamically-modeled gold and diamond feather brooch with its vital ruffled surface, by Van Cleef & Arpels, epitomizes the firm’s endless creativity as inspired by nature. Designed with delicate gold wire to convey the weightlessness of real feathers, lines of brilliant-cut diamonds define the sweeping curves of the intertwined ribs and stems, creating a unmistakable Van Cleef & Arpels brooch of style and power.


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Item #: BO-16717
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1950s
Size: 3.875” length, 1.75” width
Materials: 41 Round-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 2.35 carats); 18K Gold; Platinum
Signed: “Van Cleef et Arpels”
Literature: Similar “Two Feathers” brooch, in mystery-set sapphires and diamonds, pictured in Set in Style The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, by Sarah D. Coffin, with contributions by Suzy Menkes and Ruth Peltason, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, 2011, p. 221

The aesthetic that makes Van Cleef & Arpels jewels so immediately recognizable is the stylization and linear patterning that has characterized the designers’ work since the firm's founding in 1906.