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Van Cleef & Arpels “Joined Wave” Sapphire Brooch


In this Retro "Joined Wave" brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels captures the spirit of the 1940s in curvaceous, streamlined, and intriguingly asymmetrical gold. The dynamic brooches with their reverse curves, bound by lines of angular blue sapphires, are a jewelry echo of the avant-garde sculpture of the period. A versatile convertible form, this brooch detaches into a set of three separate clips that may also be worn independently, clipped to a gown, jacket, or set in the hair.


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Item #: BO-19545
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1943
Size: 2” length, 1.50” width
Materials: 22 Calibré-cut sapphires (approximate total weight 2.90 carats); 18K Gold
Signed: “Van Cleef & Arpels,” with “no. 48343,” and accompanying French control marks, as well as the maker’s mark for Dumont et Cie, Paris
Literature/Exhibition History: A similar "Joined Wave” brooch is pictured in Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, p. 62, and was shown at the eponymous exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt in New York in 2011

The ingenuity of Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1940s was unparalleled, and these convertible clips, with their versatility, were an invitation for the wearer to show her own creative flair.