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If each piece of jew­ellery tells a story, Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ cre­ations would speak of love. Af­ter all, it was love that brought the Mai­son into be­ing. When Al­fred Van Cleef and Estelle Ar­pels — both com­ing from a fam­ily in­volved in pre­cious stones busi­ness — mar­ried in 1895, they knew they were bound to cre­ate some­thing beau­ti­ful and last­ing to­gether.

The Mai­son’s love for beauty and el­e­gance has given birth to some of the world’s most unique and iconic cre­ations — from the awe-in­spir­ing corona­tion set of Em­press Farah Pahlavi in 1967 to the daz­zling Wal­ska yel­low di­a­mond brooch that trans­forms into a pair of ear­rings, a pen­dant, and a much smaller brooch.

Van Cleef & Ar­pels has al­ways re­mained faith­ful to inventiven­ess and po­etry, and among its highly revered col­lec­tions are trans­formable jew­ellery — in­tri­cate mas­ter­pieces that can be mag­i­cally re-as­sem­bled to adapt to dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions.

The Zip neck­lace, a dar­ing de­sign idea cred­ited to the then-duchess of Wind­sor, Wal­lis Simp­son, is a mas­ter­piece of in­ge­nu­ity. Patented in 1938 and fi­nally re­alised in 1950, the Zip neck­lace works ex­actly like a zip­per: the clo­sure slides up and down, al­low­ing the neck­lace to be left par­tially open or even closed en­tirely to form a bracelet. The Snowflake neck­lace, on the other hand, has dis­creet fas­ten­ings that al­low its var­i­ous el­e­ments to be taken apart and worn up to nine dif­fer­ent ways to suit any mood.

More than a cen­tury since its found­ing in 1906, the brand has con­tin­u­ously pushed the bound­aries of creativ­ity, lux­ury, and re­fine­ment.

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An­tique Rayon trans­formable Zip neck­lace

Karolina Kurkova, wear­ing an an­tique Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ Zip neck­lace

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