Van Cleef & Arpels

A Magnificent 18ct Yellow Gold, Diamond and Emerald Dragon Brooch

A magnificent gold, diamond and emerald brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels 1969, designed as an imposing dragon in profile, standing on its hind legs with mouth open and tail curving up its back, beautifully modelled in 18ct yellow gold, the sinuous body is covered in scales with textured spines. The wing stands out in ribbed polished gold and is embellished to the outer edge with round brilliant cut diamonds, the face is also set with diamonds and the eyes with emerald cabochons, with a double pin brooch fitting to the reverse. The dragon was a popular motif for high jewellery houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels during the 20th century. As they say, we “interpreted select symbols and mythological creatures associated with the Far East. Dragons feature prominently throughout various periods”. From the 1920s up to today, VCA has used dragons in many different incarnations, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. The dragon is an important symbol for many in the Far East but is particularly associated with China where it is one of the 12 animals of the zodiac and is believed to represent good fortune, prosperity, strength and power.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials24 x round brilliant cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 0.4cts
2 x emerald cabochons estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 0.1ct
Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold signed VCA NY and numbered
Weight description45 grams
Dimensions7cm / 2.75" tall
5cm / 2" wide
1.2cm / 0.47" deep
OriginNew York


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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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