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Set in Style: Egyptian Bracelet
Egyptian bracelet, Paris, France, 1924 Promotional video from the Set in Style: Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition.
Set in Style: Sycamore Leaf brooch
Sycamore Leaf Broach, Paris, France, 1951 Promotional video from the Set in Style: Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition.
Set in Style: John Arpels
Interview with John Arpels, from the Set in Style: Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition.
Monday Enhancement: Virtual Bling
A piece called Euphoria of Lights: The Comte’s Pyramid Ring, which can be virtually "tried on" with augmented reality. The Man Who Knows Everything is the name of a new jewelry collection from London designer Hannah Martin. The collection is inspired by the Count of St. Germain, an eighteenth-century German alchemist who chased immortality. To...
Reflecting Personalities: Jewelry on the Famous and Its Impact on Design
Jewelry can help create a public persona, and in turn the wearer can help promote style. Something treasured, jewelry is rich with private symbolism for its recipients, givers, and owners. The jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels has been worn by Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others in the public eye. Come...
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Scholars Program Kicks Off In Style
The Cooper-Hewitt Scholars students had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the master model maker from Van Cleef & Arpels, Sophie Pean. Sophie, who trained at an institution founded by Louis XIV is known to VC&A as a living treasure. Sophie showcased her talent by translating two dimensional sketchs into three dimensional wax models of...
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Set in Style – Innovation
Necklace, Paris, France, ca 1938, emeralds, diamonds, platinum, Courtesy of a Private Collection. This necklace can be worn either way up. As curator of Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, I am often asked about what specific characteristics of this firm’s jewelry led to its being the subject of this exhibition...
DesignPrep: From Design to Movement
NYC teens worked alongside master jewelry designers from Van Cleef & Arpels as they try their hand at jewelry design here at Cooper-Hewitt in this exciting hands-on program. The exacting labor of creating a maquette, first in wax and then in pewter, is an important part of the jewelry design process. In this video, the...
Set In Style: Gallery Tour with Patrick Jouin
Now on view at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Set In Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition boasts hundreds of stunning jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories, objets d’art, and drawings by Van Cleef & Arpels. The six-room installation of these brilliant jewels is itself an innovative work of design. Conceived by the French...