1970s Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet in ebony, 18K yellow and rose gold


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Influenced by the hippie movement and various cultures around the world, jewelry in the 1970s embraced bold, vibrant tones. Coral, wood, mother-of-pearl and ornamental stones mingled with textured gold and gemstones in creations that shone both in daylight and under the stars. Natural wood is rarely seen in high-end jewelry. There are, though, occasional collections from some of the world’s leading jewelry houses. One of those, the legendary Van Cleef & Arpels, take it a step further and regularly create collections and individual items that contain an element of wood. Butterflies, dragons, tigers and more have all received the Van Cleef & Arpels wood treatment, with bracelets, brooches earrings and pendants all being produced over the past century. Occasionally, light wood will be used in the design but predominantly it is dark woods that are most commonly incorporated as it is felt these best complement the metals used.

Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet in ebony, 18K yellow and rose gold, on the contours of the bracelet are a succession of triangles. The two parts of the bracelet are held by rose gold rings. Wrist circumference: 20 cm. Gross weight: 34.48 gr.

Has an old repair where the wood has cracked.