Pure elegance, day and night – Van Cleef & Arpels, 1970s, bracelet made in 18K yellow gold formed by three rows of chrysoprase beads with five domed spacers in yellow gold and platinum set each with a row of 5 brilliant-cut diamonds, one used as a clasp. The spacers are set with a total of 25 brilliant cut diamonds (approx. 1.12 ct, H / VVS). Belived to been designed by André Vassort.
Van Cleef & Arpels came into existence in 1896 in Paris, France. Founded by Salomon Arpels and his son-in-law Alfred Van Cleef, the brand has been a trailblazer in fine jewelry since its inception.
Van Cleef & Arpels baubles have long been coveted by royals, celebrities and other members of high society, as the maison has been consistently revered for their exceptional craftsmanship and quality metals and stones. With their unique, innovative offerings, VCA is certainly in a league of their own.
Chrysoprase is the name of a translucent chalcedony that ranges in color between yellowish green and green. Its green color is usually caused by traces of nickel.
The name “chrysoprase” is from the Greek words for “golden apple” or “golden leek.” Today it is most often used for making beads and cabochons.
Exceptional pieces of chrysoprase are sometimes cut into translucent faceted stones.
Chrysoprase as a gemstone was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans. A few pieces have been found among their artifacts, but its use in that time was not common. Chrysoprase first became a popular gem in Europe after deposits in Poland were discovered in the 1700s. Today, most chrysoprase is produced in Australia, but it is not widely used because supplies are limited.
Signed “VCA” for Van Cleef & Arpels N.Y. and France. French work. Length: 19.5 cm. Gross weight: 29.47 gr.