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Set In Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels January 23, 2011 (0 comments)



New York, NY—A special exhibition of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry will be featured at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, running from February 18 through June 5.

Since opening in Paris in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has played a leading role in jewelry style and design innovation, including invisibly-set gemstones. Its jewelry has been worn by such style icons as the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor.

The Cooper-Hewitt exhibition will explore the historical significance of the firm's contributions to jewelry design in the 20th century, including the establishment of Van Cleef & Arpels in New York with the advent of World War II. On view will be more than 250 works including jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories and objets d'art, many of which were created exclusively for the American market. The exhibition will examine the work through the lenses of innovation, transformation, nature as inspiration, exoticism, fashion and celebrity, and will include design drawings from the Van Cleef & Arpels archives.

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