DescriptionDiamond, Enamel, Platinum-Topped Gold, Gold Compact, Van Cleef & Arpels, French
The hinged compact features white enamel applied on 22k yellow gold, complete with a rose-cut diamond platinum-topped gold thumbpiece; the compact opens to reveal a mirror and powder compartment, marked with Reference No. 18155, Van Cleef & Arpels, Made in France. Gross weight 104.30 grams.
Dimensions: 2-5/8 inches x 1-3/4 inches x 5/16 inch
Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000.
Designer: Van Cleef & Arpels
Diamond Average Color: G-H-I
Diamond Average Clarity: SI
Diamond Shapes: Rose-Cut
Diamond Count: 1 - 25
Overall Condition: Good
Notes: Gold is slightly tarnished and scratched. Marked: Van Cleef & Arpels 18155, French hallmark. Beautiful gold and enamel pattern! Mirror is in tact and was not removed to weigh the compact.
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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