Sometimes, seeing amazing jewels up close and personal can be tough for the average shopper. That’s why I’m looking forward to going to the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt: it’s a rare chance to see some spectacular gems firsthand. Running from February 18–June 5, 2011 in NYC, the showing will include more than 350 pieces – a treasure trove of gorgeous gems and impeccable craftsmanship.
Whether or not you are able to attend in person, I highly recommend that you check out a great slideshow of some of the featured pieces and videos explaining the history and lore of the brand. I was immediately taken with the amazing diamond and gemstone bracelet above featuring ancient Egyptian imagery — so spectacular!
Want a little more information on Van Cleef? Here’s a brief bio from the exhibition:
Since its opening on the Place Vendôme in Paris in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has played a leading role in style and design innovation. Its timeless pieces have been worn by style icons including the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. This 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 350 works including jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories and objets d’art by Van Cleef & Arpels, 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 personalities, and will include design drawings from the Van Cleef & Arpels archives.