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Van Cleef & Arpels asserted its unique style thanks to the creative duo of Renée Puissant and René Sim-Lacaze. Several of the Maison’s iconic creations came into being, including the Cadenas watch, the Minaudière, the Passe-Partout and the Mystery Set™.
Creation of the Minaudière
Thanks to inspiration provided by Florence Jay Gould, Charles Arpels created the precious case known as the Minaudière. This perfected beauty compact was designed with compartments to hold the various accessories indispensable for a woman of the world.
Patenting of the Mystery Set technique
A veritable exploit, the Mystery Set technique consists of setting precious stones in such a way that the metal becomes invisible.
Creation of the Ludo bracelet
In 1934, the Maison created its first brick-link mesh Ludo bracelet, featuring a clasp evoking a belt buckle. The hexagon mesh Ludo model came into being the following year.
Creation of the Cadenas watch
The Maison designed a wristwatch with a dual snake chain bracelet, its curved clasp reminiscent of a padlock. The angled dial offers a discreet way to read the time.
Special orders placed by Edward VIII for Wallis Simpson
For Wallis Simpson’s fortieth birthday, Edward VIII ordered three exceptional pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels: a Cravate necklace and a ruby and diamond bracelet, as well as a Houx clip made of Mystery Set rubies.
Creation of the Peony double clip
The double Peony clip, which once belonged to Princess Faiza of Egypt, is made up of two separable clips, one depicting a peony in full bloom, while the other is just blossoming. The latter is currently part of the Van Cleef & Arpels Collection.
Creation of the Passe-Partout
The Passe-Partout, composed of a snake chain embellished with detachable flower clips, is among the first transformable pieces created by Van Cleef & Arpels. It can be worn as a necklace, choker, long necklace, bracelet or belt.
Exceptional jewelry ensembles for the wedding of Princess Fawzia of Egypt
On the occasion of the marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt with Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the future Shah of Iran, Van Cleef & Arpels created jewelry to be worn by the bride and by her mother, Queen Nazli of Egypt.