Wednesday, 12 January 2011

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS: a hammered gold and diamonds necklace

A haute jewellery piece has to as beautiful when looked at from the front, the back and the reverse. It has to be equally finished and embellished consistently all around. This necklace is exactly not that. A beautiful and original designed necklace, comprised of graduated foliate links in hammered gold which are set in diamonds but only in the front half, no diamonds on the back half!. Disappointing that even Van Cleef can fall for the unfinished piece trick. The design is superb though and the necklace, from 1961, quite rare, and the missing stones could always be added...