Van Cleef & Arpels Malachite and Diamond Virgo Pendant
Created in the 1970s in Paris, this large Van Cleef & Arpels pendant is composed of 18K gold, malachite and diamond. The pendant is designed as a malachite disk within a rope twist frame surmounted by a sculptural figure of Virgo trailing floating gowns and holding her harp between two stars, one centering a diamond, the reverse with two stars. One of a beloved series of Van Cleef & Arpels astrological jewels, this Virgo pendant of striking patterned color and bold design expresses the free style and open spirit of the 1970s.
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Item #: PT-20728
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels
Country: Paris, France
Dimensions: 2.25" diameter
Materials: Malachite; 18 karat gold
Signed: VC&A, Numbered 1963 D3, Van Cleef & Arpels French Maker's Mark, French assay marks
Astrological motifs entered the Van Cleef & Arpels design tradition in 1953 in the form of a diminutive charm with Gemini set among two sapphire stars. The 1970s saw the launch of a full collection of pendants depicting the twelve astrological signs, available in a dozen different hardstones, including lapis, tiger's eye and blue quartz, as well as malachite. These iconic period VCA pendants are increasingly difficult to find.