In honor of tonight’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards, I am showcasing four amazing, red carpet-worthy necklaces that make up part of the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit now on view at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Hawaii choker. Paris, France, ca. 1939. Gold sapphires, rubies.
Necklace. New York, NY, 1977. Yellow gold, amethyst, turquoise, diamonds. Also shown, Manchette (cuff) bracelet. Paris, France, 1974. Yellow gold, lapis lazuli.
I was watching Season 3 of The Rachel Zoe Project the other night, and Rachel’s assistant Brad explained that when they use Van Cleef & Arpel jewelry for red carpet appearances, they specifically request things either from the archives or museum-quality pieces, to ensure they are one of a kind. All four of these necklaces fit that bill.
Art Deco necklace. Paris, France, 1928. Diamonds, platinum.
I’m pleased to note that pre-Oscar coverage seems to be starting earlier every year. It’s only fair, football fans have pre-game shows that begin about eight hours before the Superbowl actually gets underway. Really though, I’ve been watching so much Rachel Zoe lately that I feel my own pre-game show started about a week ago.
Necklace. Paris, France, 1957. Yellow gold, topaz, diamonds.
Happy Oscar watching, everyone!
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels is at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum until June 5, 2011.