One of the myths of the history of jewelry is the Zip necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. Do you know her? Here is a brief history of a milestone of luxury ♦
There are myths that never set. One of these is the Zip necklace of Van Cleef & Arpels. If you do not know nothing about this gem, read this article and look at the pictures: it is, in fact, one of the cornerstones of the jewelry. It turns 80 years, yet it is still a goldsmith technical miracle and inimitable. Moreover, it also has a noble history: the idea is attributed to the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, American wife of the king of England, Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry her. Towards 1938 the duchess, a great lover of jewelry, suggested the idea of a necklace with a zipper Renée Puissant, daughter of Alfred Van Cleef and artistic director of the Maison.
Realize the necklace that opens with a zip system has not been easy. To achieve it are necessary from 400 to 1,200 hours and, above all, a great craftsmanship. In truth one built by Van Cleef & Arpels is not the first hinge: Elsa Schiaparelli had thought of it before, but without reaching the level of complexity and luxury.
In addition to the difficulty in creating a jewel that opens and closes, we must add that to complicate the realization there is also another aspect: the jewel is convertible. The closure, in fact, flows upward and downward, as the zipper of a dress: in this way allows the shortening of necklace or widen. Not only that, it can be transformed into a bracelet.
The Zip necklaces are made of different materials: white or yellow gold, with precious stones, diamonds. They are still one of the most beautiful jewels of the Maison. Alessia Mongrando