Gems unzipped

Founded in 1896, the French jewellery house, Van Cleef & Arpels, first came to prominence in the late 1920s.  It distinguishied itself through the technical creation of the ‘The Mystery Setting’ that enabled gemstones to be snugly set against each other, whilst concealing the setting beneath. The end result is one of unbroken colour without the...
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The flapper factor

The arrival of the flapper in the mid 1920s not only changed the social status of women, but it had a profound influence on fashion and style that continues to resonate today. Politically, women pushed for equal rights, they experienced the freedom of working outside the home and enjoyed greater mobility and disposable income. With...
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The Hope Diamond – Gem of mystery

Diamonds aren’t always considered ‘a girl’s best friend’ – in the case of the Hope Diamond, it was long believed to hold mystical powers and bring grief. Excavated from the Kollur mine in Golconda, India in 1642, the diamond was part of the famous Tavernier blue diamond (a whopping 115.16 carats the equivalent of 23 gms!). It...
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