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Diamond, Gold Convertible Enhancer-Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels. ... (Total: 2 Items)

2010 May Signature Fine Jewelry Auction #5041

 
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Auction Ended On: May 3, 2010
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1518 Slocum Street
Dallas, TX

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Diamond, Gold Convertible Enhancer-Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels
The convertible set features two components: one necklace featuring oval-shaped links, enhanced by full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 2.40 carats, set in textured 18k yellow gold with rhodium finished accents; having a matching detachable enhancer, further enhanced by full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.05 carats, set in textured 18k yellow gold with rhodium finished accents, completed by a hinged bail. Total diamond weight is approximately 3.45 carats. Marked VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels. Gross weight 291.70 grams.
Necklace Dimensions: 25 inches x 1 inch
Enhancer Dimensions: 4-1/8 inches x 3-1/8 inches

Condition Report*:

Designer: Van Cleeef & Arpels
Diamond Average Color: G-H-I
Diamond Average Clarity: VS
Diamond Shapes: Full-cut
Diamond Count: 100+
Overall Condition: Very Good
Notes: Normal signs of wear. Both the enhancer and the necklace are marked. Slight discoloration to gold in a few areas. Versatile piece - The necklace can be worn by itself, or with the detachable enhancer, each having a different look.

Van Cleef & Arpels:Parisian jeweler Alfred Van Cleef opened his salon in partnership with his brothers-in-law, Julien and Charles Arpels, in 1906. The company quickly earned a reputation for using only the highest quality colored gemstones. Their timeless designs employed elegant curves and clean fluid lines; capturing the essence of beauty in motion. Their success was immediate. In 1930, the firm patented the first minaudiere, a fancy purse-like compartmentalized lady’s vanity case. In 1933, Van Cleef and Arpels introduced "invisible setting", or “mystery setting”. This innovative technique took the market by storm. It created the illusion of floating gems, each being fastened by wires from the underside of the piece. It was popular throughout the 1930s and 1940s before reappearing in the 1990s. The company is continues to be family run, managing locations across the globe.

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