Van Cleef & Arpels

A Beautiful ‘Cheveux D’Ange’ Gold and Diamond Necklace

A superb Cheveux D’Ange gold and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels 1954, designed as a highly flexible sinuous row of 18ct yellow gold ‘angel hair’ threads tapering down in length from front to back, on the front half of the necklace each alternate thread is terminated with a platinum tear drop set with round diamonds graduating in size towards a full row of round brilliant diamonds set off centre next to the longest thread, creating an asymmetric overlapping feature which adds depth and dimension to the piece, all to a concealed tongue and box clasp with safety catch. The iconic ‘Thread’ inspired jewels of the 1950s take various different forms including the ‘Cheveux D’Ange’ or Angel Hair designs. Fabric and textiles were a continuous source of inspiration for Van Cleef and this fascination filtered through into their designs in more or less literal ways. The solid gold threads of this angel hair necklace form a collar around the neck and the design resembles an asymmetric collar one might see on a dress of the period. It is a truly beautiful statement jewel, expertly conceived by VCA and executed by the workshop of master craftsman Georges Lenfant, it is a joy to wear.

Further Details

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold and platinum signed Van Cleef Et Arpels, numbered, with maker's mark for Georges Lenfant and French assay marks
Weight description169 grams
Dimensions16.5" / 42cm long
1.25" / 3.1cm wide at centre front tapering to 0.47" / 1.2cm wide at centre back
Gemstones86 x round brilliant and single cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 2.5cts

Literature & Exhibitions

Please see the following books for images of other pieces from the ‘Cheveux D’Ange’collection.
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels by Coffin, Menkes & Peltason p.65
Van Cleef & Arpels : The Art of High Jewelry by Evelyne Possémé p. 171


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Van Cleef & Arpels

On June 16th 1906 Van Cleef & Arpels opened the doors to their first boutique at number 22, Place Vendôme. Next door to Lalique, opposite the Ritz and a stones throw from Boucheron, this would prove to be the first of many boutiques that the highly successful Maison would open around the world during the 20th Century.

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