|The beginnings of Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic ballerina clips sprang from Louis Arpels’ passion for classical ballet and opera. The first group of ballerinas glittering faces were represented by a rose-cut diamond, a tradition that continues. |
The Camargo Brooch, 1942
|The first ballerina clips were produced in the early 1940s and were enthusiastically received by wealthy Americans. The house has produced many prized ballerina pieces, preserving its relationship with ballet.|
A diamond, ruby, and turquoise "Clip Danseuse" brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1943.
1951 - $289k at Sotheby’s New York 2008.