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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS PINK SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'ZIP' NECKLACE
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS PINK SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'ZIP' NECKLACE
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS PINK SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'ZIP' NECKLACE
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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS PINK SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'ZIP' NECKLACE

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS PINK SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'ZIP' NECKLACE
Round pink sapphires and diamonds, 18k rose gold (French marks), signed Van Cleef & Arpels, VCA, maker's mark (Cristofol), numbered, green Van Cleef & Arpels envelope case and white outer box

Van Cleef & Arpels, 2017: Certificate of Authenticity
Accompanied by an original gouache rendering of the necklace

Size/Dimensions: adjustable, maximum approximately 71.2 cm (28 in)
Gross Weight: 191.2 grams

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Daphne Lingon
Daphne Lingon Head of Jewellery Department, Americas

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Lot Essay


One of the most innovative jewels ever created, the Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Zip’ necklace is an iconic design with an intriguing and storied history. During the 1930s, the Duchess of Windsor, known as one of the world’s most elegant and fashionable ladies and a loyal customer of the Maison, asked Renée Puissant, daughter of Alfred Van Cleef and the house’s Creative Director between 1926-1942, to create a jeweled zip fastener to wear with her evening gowns. This request inspired the complicated design process that would take many years to come to fruition. Although the patent for the design was registered in 1938, it was not until 1951 that Van Cleef & Arpels presented its first ‘Zip’ necklace.

Capturing the spirit and style of the 1950s, the 'Zip' necklace is not only a beautiful and versatile jewel, but also a staggering technical achievement. The upper part of the necklace can be detached and the remaining section then zipped up to form a bracelet, leaving the gold tassel hanging from one side. This versatility brings a sense of playfulness to the high jewelry design. Very few of these iconic jewels were made during the 1950s, making the few examples that do appear at auction highly coveted among collectors. The ‘Zip’ design has also graced several actresses, having been worn by Cate Blanchett, Hillary Swank, and Margot Robbie on red carpets, and by Eve Best when portraying the Duchess of Windsor in the movie The King's Speech. Still in demand over eighty years after its inception, the ‘Zip’ necklace’s ability to stand the test of time speaks to its innovative and glamorous design.

These two ‘Zip’ necklaces are contemporary examples that reflect the timeless appeal of this iconic design. By incorporating a variety of gemstones and combinations of platinum, gold and rose gold over the decades, Van Cleef & Arpels has reinvented this masterpiece to appeal to any and every collector.

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