Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels

15Feb11

Another exhibit that should be on your radar: the not-to-miss Set in Style: the Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, opening this Friday at the Cooper Hewitt.

Since Van Cleef & Arpels first opened their doors in 1906, they have consistently been pushing the envelope in design, style and the extraordinary ability to make pieces that transform. The families of Van Cleef & Arpels came together through marriage — and ten years later the family jewelry business was founded.

Van Cleef & Arpels created design steeped in tradition but also followed fashion, putting them on the cutting edge of design. Watching the way men and women dresses, what they wanted to accent and the accessories they used, the company set themselves apart with jewelry, small objects and accessories that mirrored fashions but could transform to suit the next wave of style. Above: The iconic zipper necklace transforms in a snap to bracelet.

Bracelets transformed to brooches, earrings were hidden in extravagant necklaces and every piece was created with meticulous detail.

Adorning the bodies of tycoons, heads of state and captains of industry, Van Cleef & Arpels made some of the most historically important contributions to jewelry design in the 20th century. This huge exhibit will feature over 350 pieces, history and insights into some of the most famous designs. The exhibit runs February 18th – June 5th. Plenty of time for you to get to the Cooper Hewitt and check it out!

Want a peek behind the scenes as the exhibit is being set up? Check out the museum’s blog for a little preview (here).. Enjoy!

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