Necklace. Paris, France, ca. 1938. Emeralds, diamonds, platinum.
From the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s exhibit Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels. There is so much bling on display that during the press preview no one except me paid any attention to this stunning 1938 emerald and diamond necklace. I had it all to myself.
From the exhibit book by Sarah D. Coffin:
“Women enjoyed more freedoms than ever in 1920s Paris, and VC&A responded with new object and jewelry designs that showed an innovative move toward larger and heavier pieces that continued into the 1930s.”
I thought this was a wonderful way to showcase the back of the necklace, by installing a tiny mirror to allow the viewer to see the clasp. The Exhibition Object Guide says this necklace can be worn “either way up since the diamond motifs are different.”
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels is on display at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum through June 5, 2011.