Fashion SL's: Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef and Arpels

While in New York, I went to the Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef and Arpels exhibit at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.


Can I just say:  Good Gracious.  Holy Moly. Absolutely amazing.  Magnificent. …and on and on…

I have always loved Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry, especially vintage pieces and to see them (so many of them – as in over 350!) on display was a magnificent Silver Lining! In fact, it is the most comprehensive collection ever assembled.  Incredible.

The exhibit is organized around six themes:


Mystery-Set Bouquet Brooch, 1937





Ballerina Carmago Brooch, 1942. This piece is based on a painting in the Wallace Collection in London by French artist Nicolas Lancret showing an eighteenth-century French dancer.



Nature as Inspiration

Millefiore Compact, 1928




Tassel Sautoir, 1930. One of my favorite pieces in the exhibit.




Art Deco Brooch, circa 1928


Art Deco Brooch, 1928




Elizabeth Taylor's Lamartine Bracelet, 1970. My second favorite piece in the exhibit!


If you are in New York, I hope that you have the opportunity to see this incredible, Silver Lined exhibit!

These gems have life in them:  their colors speak, say what words fail of.

~George Eliot


All photos from Cooper Hewitt.

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  1. says

    While I love your blogs on fashion, THIS blog is speaking my language! Art Deco is me. The compact is fabulous! The brooch is devine! Ahhh to have been there and seen them in person . . .

    I've not been able to be with you (the blogs) for about a week . . . I'm now caught up. Know that you are in my daily prayers and loved.

    Still sending you Texas sunshine and love!