An emerald and diamond necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels,
Lot 206
An emerald and diamond necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels,
Sold for US$ 61,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Fine Jewellery New York
11 Apr 2011 14:00 EDT

Auction 19126
Lot Details
Property from the Estate of Helen Dow Whiting, of Sun Valley, Idaho and San Francisco, California
An emerald and diamond necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1988
the front section designed as seven circular-cut emerald and round brilliant-cut diamond clusters with marquise and round brilliant-cut diamond spacers, completed by a detachable backchain of round brilliant-cut diamonds; converts to two bracelets of different lengths; each piece signed VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels, no. 54448, with signed pouch; estimate total emerald weight: 12.00 carats; estimated total diamond weight: 18.60 carats; mounted in platinum; length: 13 3/4in.


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    over the last one hundred and fifteen years that VCA has contributed to
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    The Van Cleef & Arpels pieces that appear in this catalog, reflect a
    consistent devotion to form, purity, color and balance – the philosophy
    of every creation of Van Cleef & Arpels. Lot 206, the emerald and
    diamond necklace is thematic related by technical transformation, nature,
    and fashion. Softening the rigid collars and chokers of the 1980s, VCA
    designed this necklace to adorn the neckline using flower heads – inspired
    by nature in contrast to the large cabochon cut stones that were popular
    at this time. Creatively they also designed this necklace as a transformation
    jewel, providing the client an alternative fashion statement.
    For classic forms such as a diamond engagement ring, it is the adroit
    master gemologist that seeks out an exceptional gem to form the
    centerpiece. The magnificent marquise diamond, Lot 207, was chosen
    for its brilliance, proportions, lack of color, internally flawless clarity, and
    the seductive shape. The selection of this rare gem is an art that is a
    synonymous trait of the prestigious Van Cleef & Arpels.

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