DescriptionGold Bracelets, Van Cleef & Arpels
The 18k gold 'Manchettes' weigh 180.60 grams, marked VCA.
Dimensions: 6-1/2 inches x 3-1/4 inches
Property of Nina Gore Auchincloss Steers Straight
Nina Gore Auchincloss Steers Straight is an American author, journalist, and socialite. She is the mother of writer/director Burr Steers and the late artist Hugh Auchincloss Steers, half-sister of Gore Vidal, step-sister of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and actress Lee Radziwill.
Overall Condition: Very Good
Condition Notes: The bracelets are superbly crafted in the Etruscan style. Their bold, heavily textured surface is emblematic of the sculptural jewels of the 1970s. Gold tests as 18K. Each cuff comes with a signed pouch. One cuff is marked 2V702 47 VCA©; the other cuff is marked VCA© 2V702 48. These numbers are sequential with the ones that Jackie purchased for herself, one of which was numbered 2V702 50.
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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