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Van Cleef & Arpels Exotic Wood and Gold Inlay Cuff


This exotic dark wood cuff bracelet, with its subtle dark grain and Modernist feel, belongs to a Van Cleef & Arpels artistic tradition—creating surprising jewels in unconventional natural materials. Here, the nine gold triangular inlays somehow conform to the curved surface of the cuff, resolving the contrast of rounded and angular. Voluminous and domed, but light on the wrist and warm to the touch, this beautiful form feels sleek and modern.

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Item #: BA-18491
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels
Circa: 1987-1993
Size: 7” circumference (interior)
Materials: Exotic wood; 18K Gold
Signed: “VCA 750 B2587DC”
Literature: Cuff bracelet similar to the works from the collection pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels, by Evelyne Possémé, Les Arts Decoratifs, 2013, p. 222

Having innovated with fresh and unusual materials since the 1920s, Van Cleef & Arpels began incorporating exotic woods into its designs, both in the 1960s and the 1990s, in response to the enthusiasm for natural materials.