Van Cleef & Arpels

A ‘Cheveux D’Ange’ 18ct Yellow Gold and Diamond Necklace by Georges Lenfant

A ‘Cheveux D’Ange’ gold and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, 1954. The necklace is designed as a flexible row of 18ct yellow gold ‘angel hair’ threads tapering in length from front to back. On the front half of the necklace each alternate gold thread is terminated with a platinum tear drop, which graduate in size and set with round cut diamond accents. A row of round brilliant diamonds set off centre creates an asymmetric overlap, all to a concealed tongue and box clasp with safety catch.

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 description169.2 grams
DimensionsLength: 16.5" / 42cm
Width (front centre) 3.1cm/1.25"
MakerGeorges Lenfant for Van Cleef & Arpels

Directors Notes

Van Cleef & Arpels jewels of the 1950s took inspiration from the world of couture, fabric and textiles. This took different forms including the now iconic ‘Cheveux D’Ange’ or ‘Angel Hair’ designs. A truly wonderful statement jewel, expertly conceived by VCA and the flexibility and flow of the necklace a testament to the exceptional craftmanship, it was made by the Georges Lenfant workshop, whose standards were unsurpassed.

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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