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Charming Animals - Les Histoires by Van Cleef & Arpels - Van Cleef & Arpels
Charming Animals - Les Histoires by Van Cleef & Arpels - Van Cleef & Arpels
Charming Animals - Les Histoires by Van Cleef & Arpels - Van Cleef & Arpels
Charming Animals - Les Histoires by Van Cleef & Arpels - Van Cleef & Arpels
Charming Animals - Les Histoires by Van Cleef & Arpels - Van Cleef & Arpels

Charming Animals

In 1954, Van Cleef & Arpels reimagined high jewelry by creating La Boutique, a unique place that offered a modern, daywear line of jewels. Among them were clips featuring charming animals. Whether puckish or mischievous, they introduced a lively note to jewelry in Place Vendôme.

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Lightsome fantasy

In the 1950s, Van Cleef & Arpels created a lightsome world of charming little animals. Inspired by early animated films, they range from endearing to burlesque. Surprisingly proportioned, some evoke the humorous aesthetic of cartoons.

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  • Drawing of a Winking cat clip, circa 1954 - Van Cleef & Arpels <br/>Drawing of two Mouses brooches, circa 1945-1950 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Drawing of a Winking cat clip, circa 1954 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Drawing of Mouse brosche, circa 1945-1950
  • Drawing featuring Turtle brooch, circa 1945-1950 - Van Cleef & Arpels <br/>Rabbit clip, 1960 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Drawing featuring Turtle brooch, circa 1945-1950
    Rabbit clip, 1960
    Yellow gold, platinum, sapphire, ruby, diamonds
  • Frog clip, 1967 - Van Cleef & Arpels <br/>Yellow gold, platinum, sapphire, diamonds - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Bull clip, 1964
    Yellow gold, platinum, sapphire, diamonds
    Frog clip, 1967
    Yellow gold, emeralds
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    Owl clip, 1970
    Yellow gold, platinum, emerald, diamonds
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Gallery of characters

Van Cleef & Arpels tells the tale of its delightful menagerie filled with humanlike and irresistible characters. Nosey, whimsical, peaceful… each with a unique manner that clients enjoyed matching with their own disposition.

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Rabbit clip, 1960 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Dog clip, 1960 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Teddy bear clip, 1963 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Squirrel clip, circa 1965 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Elephant clip, 1968 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Baby bird clip, 1960 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Winking cat clip   Similar to the model from 1954 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Fox clip, 1969 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Baby dog clip, 1961 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Yellow gold, platinum, emerald, diamonds - Van Cleef & Arpels
Lion ébouriffé clip   Similar to the model from 1962 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Fennec clip, 1966 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Capricorn clip, 1966 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Bird clip, 1965 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Yellow gold, platinum, sapphire, diamonds - Van Cleef & Arpels
Ram clip, 1967 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Paris sparrow clip, 1965 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Spaniel clip, 1967 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Rabbit clip, 1960 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Dog clip, 1960 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Giraffe clip, 1964 - Van Cleef & Arpels
Frog clip, 1967 - Van Cleef & Arpels
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Catch’em all

The Van Cleef & Arpels’ family of animal clips is one that never stops growing. From dogs to elephants, foxes to squirrels, the charming animals make delightful gifts and collections for jewelry lovers.

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