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Van Cleef & Arpels "Angel Hair" Gold and Diamond Necklace


This Van Cleef & Arpels "Angel Hair"—or “Cheveaux D’Ange"—necklace in gold and diamonds belongs to a group of work exploring the relation between haute couture and jewelry. The flexible fringe of gold threads hangs from a soft gold rope, centered by a radiant twist of diamonds. Fluid and soft against the collarbone, this elegant jewel is an airy and graceful ornament for the neck.


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Item #: N-19038
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1955
Size: 15.75” length, 0.75-0.50” width
Materials: 26 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 2.10 carats); 18K Gold; Platinum
Signed: “VCA Made in France NY 37523,” with George L’Enfant makers mark
Literature: Similar necklace pictured in Jewelry of the 1940s and 1950s, by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1988, p. 172

In the 1950s, Van Cleef & Arpels designers created trompe-l’œil jewels that replicated the suppleness of fabrics like jersey, and the delicacy of lace and chiffon, such as what is found in this stunning necklace.