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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS 18 Carat Diamond Snowflake Bow Brooch in 18k Yellow Gold. Features two motifs that fuse together into one collectible art piece.
First, the most recognizable motif is the bow-tie. Although bows have been part of Haute Couture fashion throughout many decades,Van Cleef & Arpels set forth the motif into their high jewelry during the 1920’s. Fashion was becoming more androgynous and daring for progressive women at the time. As a result, the Maison launched the bow-tie in their collections as way for women to wear a masculine tuxedo look while retaining their femininity. This Diamond Snowflake Bow Brooch dates 1980’s. That said, it is a culmination of celebrating the spirit of the modern woman for more than a half century.
Secondly, the clusters of diamonds configured within the atmospheric bow lends itself to the Van Cleef & Arpels Snowflake Collection. The Snowflake motif is one that draws from the beauty and sparkle of the natural world. Dazzling winter motifs within the collection is exemplary – with direct inspiration stemming from flakes of snow. Van Cleef & Arpels introduced this theme in the 1940’s and has since been iconic to the Maison.
As a whole, the ribbon-like fluidity of this piece is ephemeral. It combines breezy and chilly elements frozen in time which make it an instant classic.
The choice of 18 Carats of diamonds that mirror the 18 Karats of gold is serendipitous and curious. This is a perfect brooch for collectors looking to add a Van Cleef & Arpels classic to their collection – and even better for those with a lucky number of 18.
Signed Van Cleef & Arpels; circa 1980’s.