The enduring allure of Van Cleef & Arpels: a history of the legendary jeweler
This opulent volume presents the legendary jewelry and precious objects of the French luxury brand Van Cleef & Arpels. Published to accompany a major exhibition surveying the history of the maison at Milan's Palazzo Reale--a fittingly sumptuous location--this exquisite volume takes a creative approach to telling the story of Van Cleef & Arpels' work since 1906. Van Cleef & Arpels is responsible for some of the most important and instantly recognizable innovations in the history of 20th-century jewelry making, from Art Deco masterpieces to the illustrious Zip necklace, from gravity-defying Mystery Settings to the brand's celebrated Minaudières and iconic Alhambra design. Featuring more than 400 pieces of jewelry, watches and precious objects (many of them one-of-a-kind), this gorgeous publication organizes the work of Van Cleef & Arpels into three thematic categories: time, nature and love. Featuring a historical and critical essay by scholar Alba Cappellieri and brilliantly illustrated with a stunning selection of jewelry, precious objects and archival materials, Van Cleef & Arpels: Time, Nature, Love describes and exemplifies the iconic house's eternal values.