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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Diamond Wood Bow Brooch Earrings Suite in 18k Yellow Gold.
This flowing Van Cleef & Arpels bow brooch is exemplary to designs of the second half of the 20th Century for the Maison. The bow motif has been a classic since the early days of Van Cleef & Arpels, along with themes inspired by nature and its enchantments. By the 1980’s, however, the jewelry house combined and reinvented these concepts by sourcing wood from arboraceous nature in itself. In fact, Van Cleef & Arpels did not merely incorporate fine wood into their creations but rather granted it the spotlight. Diamonds are mere accents in these works, as seen in this Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Wood Bow Brooch Ear Clips Suite.
What we love most about these adornments is imagining the impeccable skill required to carve such billowy, rolling folds within the wood. Further, the shapes perfectly mimic pillowed pleats of ribbon emerging from beautifully sculptured gold trim. The use of materials in the design is a fitting, literal progression in the evolution and modernization of the Van Cleef & Arpels emblematic styles. In addition, the advanced wood carving technique is a more coveted rare design in the series; and one collectors should note.
Brooch measures approx. 1-1/2″ x 2-1/4″. Ear clips measure approx. 3/4″ x 1/2″. French Assay Marks; Signed “Van Cleef & Arpels”; circa 1980’s.