One of the most elegant jewelers on the market, Van Cleef & Arpels began as a family business in 1896. Two brothers-in-law set themselves up to use innovative techniques and high quality stones to draw International clients through their Paris doors. The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum explores their legacy at their exhibit, Set In Style, The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels.
The museum demonstrates how the company was an innovator in unique stone-setting techniques to display jewels in a unique way. The company was also a trendsetter in taking inspiration from nature and foreign cultures. Their snowflakes and bird motifs have always been popular. The exoticism trend of the 1920's was seen in their Egyptian influenced handbag above, then through Cambodian and Japanese motifs in later years.
For the ultimate in glamor, surround yourself in all the glitters. The exhibit runs until July 4th, 2011.
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