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Van Cleef & Arpels Gold and Diamond “Crater” Brooch


A jewel from Van Cleef & Arpel’s “Crater” Collection, this gold and diamond brooch dates from the 1970s, with a modernist motif of hammered gold. Intriguingly geomorphic and asymmetrical, this original jewel clips easily to a jacket or gown to channel the optimism, freedom, and creativity of the 1970s.

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Item #: BO-17345
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1970s
Size: 1.75” diameter
Materials: 23 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 2.30 carats); 18K Gold; Platinum
Signed: “Van Cleef & Arpels” and “18650 18651 750”

The wonder of the moon landings of the 1960s and 1970s inspired art, design and the popular imagination throughout this period. According to Van Cleef and Arpels, “The ‘crater’ jewels poetically evoked the first landing on the moon in 1969."