Vintage Diamond and Ruby Collar Necklace, ‘Bellegarde’ by Van Cleef & Arpels
A very supple and elegant evening necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. This 1990’s design consists of channel-set calibré-cut rubies framed by graduated brilliant-cut diamonds terminating in a baguette-cut, diamond-topped knot.
Van Cleef and Arpels was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef, and his uncle-by-marriage, Salomon Arpels. The duo opened their first shop in Paris. Today the jeweller’s flag ship can still be found in Paris at 22 Place Vendome, where the Maisons’ fine collection and elegant designs first bought delight to Parisian high society. The demand from their glamorous clientele was met by the Maison opening further shops in the glamorous locations of Nice and Cannes. In the 20th century the jeweller’s popularity spread over the Atlantic, so that a New York store opened in 1942. The designer’s popularity has not waned in recent years seeing an increased interest in both vintage pieces and their contemporary collections.
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