Monday, 21 February 2011

The VAN CLEEF & ARPELS bracelet for Marlene Dietrich

We continue focusing on Van Cleef & Arpels due to the New York exhibition!. This magnificent bracelet was designed for Marlene Dietrich in the 1950's recycling rubies and diamonds from several pieces of jewellery belonging to the actress. She wore it in many occasions and she was often photographed wearing it, including at the film "Stage Frigh". It was sold in auction after her death and it now belongs to a NY private collector.

Van Cleef & Arpels
In 1896 Estelle Arpels, daughter of a precious stone dealer, married Alfred van Cleef, son of an Amsterdam diamond cutter. Ten years later Alfred opened a shop in Place Vendome with his brother in law Charles. Julien and Louis Arpels will soon join them. In 1926, Renee Puisant, daughter of Alfred and Estelle starts her designing career with Rene Sim Lacaze, these would be some of the most creative years of the firm and the beginning of the second generation; in 1930 Van Cleef invented the Minaudiere, a precious metal and stones vanity case for the women of a new era; in 1933 the firm created the Mystery setting and also in this decade the transformable pieces were born as well as the famous zip necklace, suggested by the Duchess of Windsor. 1939 the New York boutique is open. In 1968 the firm launches the famous Alhambra collection.

Photo by InStyle - Everett Collection