Friday, 6 May 2011

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS: A "Passe-Partout" 1940's necklace

This bold necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels was designed during the 1940's. It is made out of a turbo-gas necklace with two flower brooches set with yellow and blue sapphires and rubies. It is featured at the Sotheby's Geneva auction on May 17th.

As stated in Vogue magazine in 1938, the Passe-Partout is a 'ravishing jewel, finely crafted and ornamented with precious stones which can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, clip or belt ornament'. This original creation of Van Cleef &Arpels pushed the boundaries of Haute Joaillerie through its innovative capability of multiple functionality and thus of successive transformations.