COLLANE, da sapere — August 19, 2018 at 4:30 am

Myths: the Zip Van Cleef & Arpels





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




Zip in oro diamanti e rubini del 1954
Zip in oro diamanti e rubini del 1954
Zip con smeraldi e rubini
Zip con smeraldi e rubini
Zip con oro bianco, diamanti, lapislazzuli, perle
Zip con oro bianco, diamanti, lapislazzuli, perle
Collana Zip di Van Cleef & Arpels
Collana Zip di Van Cleef & Arpels
Una celebre immagine della duchessa di Windsor firmata da Cecil Beaton
Una celebre immagine della duchessa di Windsor firmata da Cecil Beaton
Schizzi per le collane Zip
Schizzi per le collane Zip
Lavorazione di una collana
Lavorazione di una collana
La trasformazione in bracciale
La trasformazione in bracciale

L'attrice e modella australiana Margot Robbie con collana Zip
L’attrice e modella australiana Margot Robbie con collana Zip







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