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Van Cleef & Arpels Exotic Wood Half-Hoop Earrings


Dating from the 1990s, these half-hoop earrings are part of a celebrated exotic wood and gold collection by Van Cleef & Arpels. The dark-grained wood hoops are skillfully inlaid with gold triangles, polished flush with the hoops’ curves. With their textured dark wood and glowing gold inlays, these stylish earrings are a statement of confident and original style.

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Item #: YER-19797
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1993
Size: 1” length, 0.50” width
Materials: Exotic wood; 18K Gold
Signed: Signed "VCAB350220," with French control mark
Literature: Van Cleef & Arpels jewels from the 1970s in dark wood are illustrated in Set In Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, by Sarah D. Coffin, New York: Cooper Hewitt, p. 212

Innovating with fresh and unusual materials since the 1920s, Van Cleef began incorporating wood into its designs again in the 1960s to 1970s, and once more in the 1990s. The collections included sleek, modernist forms, such as these hoops, as well as whimsical items like jeweled mushrooms on wooden stalks.