The Van Cleef & Arpels "Bagatelle" Bracelet:This French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold "Bagatelle" bracelet with diamonds and sapphires by Van Cleef & Arpels was designed as a bed of gold beads scattered with sapphire and diamond blossoms, set with 58 round-cut diamonds, with an approximate total weight of 6.00 carats, G/H color, VS clarity, and 61 round-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 6.00 carats. Price: $65,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400Dating from the late 1940s/early 1950s, this chic bracelet represents the spirit of post-war rejuvenation and easy glamor. Sometimes worn two to a wrist, these bold bracelets defined the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women''s renewed social freedom. Its domed form, topped with playful beads, is scattered with richly colored sapphire and diamond blossoms, presenting a complex visual and tactile texture, and combining organic appeal with a sculptural quality. The master jeweler workshop that realized VCA''s design was Pery et Fils, who famously collaborated with the house on the Duchess of Windsor''s "Zip" necklace and the "Passe Partout" convertible jewels. This bracelet''s superb construction, with its exquisitely articulated, myriad micro-springs and hinges, is a creation of a lost jeweler''s art and is supremely flexible, soft and comfortable to wear.A similar bracelet is pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels, by S
ylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1986, page 236. VC&A devised a number of delightful variations using these design elements, sometimes variously named between the house and the trade. On page 131, Raulet explains that when the massed gold beads, referred to as the "Lawn" or in the market as "Couscous", was paired with "Hawaii" flowers, the overall design was called "Bagatelle".
A French Mid-20 Century 18 karat gold and platinum "Angel Hair" necklace with diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The necklace has 26 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.10 carats. The "Angel Hair" necklace is designed as a highly flexible tapered band of gold fringe enhanced by a circular-cut diamond cross-over front detail. Pictured in Jewelry of the 1940''s and 1950''s, by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1988, page 172.
An Italian Mid-20th Century 18 karat white gold necklace with diamonds. The necklace has 138 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 11.04 carats, G/H color and VS clarity. The necklace is designed as a series of three rows of diamond-set blossoms.
A set of three French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold bracelets with round-cut sapphires, rubies and diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The bracelets are set with 13 round-cut blue sapphires with an approximate total weight of 1.50 carats, 14 round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 2.10 carats, and 14 round brilliant-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.25 carats. The bracelets are able to connect together to be worn as a necklace. This trio of chunky, gem-set rope twist bracelets represents a classic form of the 1960s by Van Cleef & Arpels, the renowned Parisian-American jewelers who have been in the forefront of glamour and imaginative design since their founding in the early 20th century. A sleek, beautifully-modeled set, highlighted by bold sparkles of color, these three bracelets nestle comfortably together on the wrist for a look of casual glamour.
A French mid-20th century 18 karat gold necklace by Frederic Boucheron. The necklace, which elegantly and seamlessly breaks apart into two wearable bracelets, is comprised of highly polished rounded triangular section links, with two mirroring section lying smoothly and luxuriously on the neck, and another section of the link vertically aligned, so as to create fabulous visual interest in the piece''s repetitive design.
An Italian Mid-20th century 18 karat gold chain with 16 cylindrical and sphere-shaped red coral beads. The chain of this dynamic and highly wearable piece is intricately textured. Its tight links give the visual impression of great weight and great complexity, despite the chain being wearably light. The tightly-clustered chain with its intense patterning is beautifully offset by the clean, simple and brightly colored beads of coral in streamlined cylindrical and spherical shapes.
An Italian mid-20th century 18 karat gold chain with 16 cylindrical and sphere-shaped green chrysoprase beads. The chain of this dynamic and highly wearable piece is intricately textured. Its tight links give the visual impression of great weight and great complexity, despite the chain being wearably light. The tightly-clustered chain, with its intense patterning, is beautifully offset by the clean, simple and brightly colored beads of chrysoprase in streamlined cylindrical and spherical shapes.
A Mid-20th Century platinum necklace with diamonds. The necklace has 114 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 8.10 carats, and a 3 baguette diamond set clasp with an approximate total weight of .22 carat. The diamonds are mounted in scallop-shaped bezels.
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