There are unique, timeless jewels, the result of extraordinary maison and their master craftsmen who have made and are the history of Haute Jewelry in the world.
One of these is undoubtedly the Van Cleef & Arpels maison with the "Zip necklace".
With a first patent in 1938, the Zip necklace embodies the creative audacity of Van Cleef & Arpels. This iconic piece illustrates the expertise and innovative craftsmanship of the Maison. Due to its technical intricacy, the first Zip necklace was finally realized in 1950.
Of humble and practical origins, the zipper is reinvented in 1938 and realized in 1950 by Van Cleef & Arpels with creative audacity. Allegedly inspired by a suggestion by Duchess Of Windsor, Renée Puissant, daughter of the founding couple and artistic director, transformed the ordinary zipper into an astonishing and exceptional piece of jewelry. While Elsa Schiaparelli adorned her dresses with striking zippers, the jeweler perfected the encounter between ordinary and extraordinary with the Zip necklace.
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