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Passe-Partout

A one of a kind creation of 1938, the Passe-Partout sheds light on Van Cleef & Arpels’s taste for metamorphosis.

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  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable  clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable  clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable  clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
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Jewel of tomorrow

The Passe-Partout stands out for its avant-garde design and ingenious transformations. Presented among innovations at the New York World’s Fair under the slogan "Dawn of a New Day," it epitomizes the "jewel of tomorrow".

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  • American actress Merle Oberon - Van Cleef & Arpels
    American actress Merle Oberon
    Photograph by George Hurrel
  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939   Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable clips - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
  • Hèlène Arpels at the Prix de Diane in Chantilly. She is wearing a Passe-Partout necklace and bracelet. June 4, 1939. - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Mrs. Louis Arpels, dressed by Maggy Rouff, hat Caroline Reboux, at the prix de Diane, Chantilly, June 4, 1939.
    © Séeberger Frères / Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939   Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable clips - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
  • Advertising figuring Passe-Partout Hawaï jewels, 1939 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Advertising figuring Passe-Partout Hawaï jewels, 1939.
    Philippe Pottier © Institut Pasteur
  • Hawaï Passe-Partout necklace, 1939 Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable clips - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Hawaï Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable clips.
    Yellow gold, rubies, sapphires, diamonds
  • Publicity photo of Paulette Goddard  - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Publicity photo of Paulette Goddard
    Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
  • Passe-Partout clip, 1939   - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Passe-Partout clip, 1939
    Yellow gold, rubies, sapphires, diamonds
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Ingenious Metamorphosis

The Passe-Partout demonstrates the Maison’s ingenuity. With a hidden rail system, the tubogas structure slides to transform the jewel. Necklace, choker, bracelet, belt or clip, its metamorphoses embody the taste for transformation dear to Van Cleef & Arpels.

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  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable  clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable  clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable  clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
  • Passe-Partout necklace, 1939
    Transformable into a bracelet or a belt. Detachable  clips.
    Yellow gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
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Fascinating Design

With its modern design, the Passe-Partout is entirely flexible and follows the body’s contours. Made of mets reminiscent of large industrial metal pipes, its tubogas structure reflects the dynamism and aesthetics of the time.

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  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1938
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1938
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1938
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1938
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1938
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1938
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1938
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1938
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1939
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1939
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1940
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1940
  • Drawing featuring a clip Passe-Partout, circa 1940
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Multiple clips

The Passe-Partout is adorned with a detachable clip. Set with blue and yellow sapphires, rubies, emeralds or diamonds in bouquets, the clips bloom with refinement and sparkle with elegance.

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