On each side of these Van Cleef & Arpels cufflinks from 1980, there are two 18K yellow gold rings with a white gold one in the middle holding a cylinder cut onyx half tapered on one side. These two French designs complete every gentleman's sleek style.
Antique jewelry object group: cufflinks
Condition: excellent condition - (more info on our condition scale)
Country of origin: France
Style: Estate - See also: estate jewelryor more info on styles
Period: ca. 1980 - (events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era)
Material: 18K bi-color (yellow and white) gold - (more info on precious metals)
Extra information: Van Cleef & Arpels - Their first jewelry store was created in 1906 by Charles, Julien and Louis Arpels, in partnership with their brother-in-law Alfred Van Cleef. They soon reached international recognition and in 1942, they had the possibility to opena new store in New York on the famous Fifth Avenue.
Precious stones: onyx - (more info on precious stones)
Birthstones: Onyx is the birthstone (or month stone) for July. - (more info on birthstones)
Brand: Van Cleef and Arpels
Engraving: "VCA OR 750" and "B9107 i 415"(more info on hallmarks)
Dimensions: length of an oxyx bar 2,23 cm (0,88 inch), width of gold holder 2,29 cm (0,90 inch)
Weight: 10,40 gram (6,69 dwt)
Reference Nº: 16014-0109
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
About the Artist
Van Cleef & Arpels is a French company, producing jewelry, watches and perfume. Van Cleef & Arpels was established in 1896 in Paris by Alfred Van Cleef and his relative Salomon Arpels. In 1906, although Arpels had already passed away, Van Cleef opened their first boutique store at 22 Place Vendome, opposite the Hotel Ritz. All three sons of Arpels, named Charles, Juilien and Louis, joined the company in name of their late father.
Soon, the company began to open boutiques in a number of resorts such as Deauville, Vichy, Le Touchet, Nice and Monte-Carlo. In 1925 Van Cleef & Arpels won first prize at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, for a design for a bracelet of white and red roses, executed in a combination of rubies and diamonds. Van Cleefs daughter Renee Puissant, born Rachel, took over the artistic direction of the company. She maintained close connections with draftsman René Sim Lacaze for over twenty years. The company was the first to open international boutiques in Japan as well as China. In 1999, Compagnie Financère Richemont S.A. acquired the firm.
The pieces of Van Cleef & Arpels can be recognized through use of flowers, animals and fairies. They have been worn by style icons such as Farah Diba, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, the Duchess of Windsor, and Jordan Paterra.