Daisy Fellowes, grandchild of the inventor of the sewing machine Isaac Singer, is renowned for having been the 20th century’s most stylish and glamorous woman. Of American and French origins, she stood out with her trendsetting flair and affinity for the social scene.
Her bold and refined taste was pinned down in two words by photographer Cecil Beaton: “studied simplicity”. She graced the pages of many magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, becoming the latter’s editorial director in 1933.
Manchette bracelets transformed into a necklace, 1926 & 1928, Private Collection
Manchette bracelet retail card, 1925, Van Cleef & Arpels' Archives
Manchette bracelet & rigid bracelet drawing, 1925, Van Cleef & Arpels' Archives
The socialite was also famous for her incredible jewelry collection. Among her Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry were her incredible emerald bead and diamond fringed Manchette bracelets. Daisy Fellowes had originally asked for an additional cuff to be made, but the Maison took the initiative of innovating and making it a transformable piece.
The two bracelets could be worn together as a stunning choker necklace. Of Indian inspiration, this piece of jewelry reflects Daisy Fellowes’ fondness for exoticism and travel.