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Van Cleef & Arpels Dragon Zodiac Pendant Necklace


Dating from the 1970s, this gold and blue enamel dragon pendant necklace is a stylish piece of zodiac jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels. The extravagantly long, fancy link, coiled wire and trace link chain suspends a pendant, depicting a high relief Asian dragon encircled by its tail, framed by a Greek key motif, both against a blue enamel ground, all set within a wire twist frame. With its dynamically designed dragon, rich gold, and vivid blue enamel, this long necklace conveys the casual free spirit of the gold and zodiac-loving 1970s.

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Item #: N-19998 
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels 
Circa: 1970s 
Size: 20” length (chain); 1.50” diameter (pendant) 
Materials: Blue enamel; 18K Gold (approximate weight 103.4 grams) 
Signed: “VCA 18K 32V-2” and “4V283-5”

Passion for astrology was among the enduring cultural characteristics of the 1970s. Here, the dragon is the fifth animal in the Chinese zodiac, signifying good luck, strength, and health. Those born under the sign, already lucky and gifted by nature, are typically also smart, self-assured, strong, and charismatic.