Sunday, 11 July 2021

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 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.