Friday, 15 February 2019

Van Cleef and Arpels - The Ballerina Brooch

The beginnings of Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic ballerina clips sprang from Louis Arpels’ passion for classical ballet and opera. The first group of ballerinas faces were always represented by a rose-cut diamond. The dancers’ costumes also featured mostly rose-cut diamonds with rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

The first ballerina clips were produced in the early 1940s. These creations were enthusiastically received by wealthy American clients who saw the ballerinas as symbols of hope and joy for better days to come.

The Camargo Brooch, 1942
The house has produced many prized ballerina pieces.