Inside Set-in-Style

Jul 2, 2011

In the world of fashion, the role of jewelry is of the utmost importance. Leaders in fashion are known for their craft, their design, and their vision, but leaders in jewelry outgo the bounds of beauty in not only the aspect of design, but the challenge in creating beauty to completely fit the fashion that goes with it. Van Cleef and Arpels has been a leader in this world, taking the task of creating such pieces of jewelry, for over a hundred years. Now, the world-renowned designers have displayed their collections from the early 1900's and beyond in New York's National Design Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt.  Each of the designs features stunning pieces of exotic gems and careful workmanship to connect such stones into what can only be described as works of art.
The exhibition's main feature is jewelry, but detailed, flamboyant boxes, lighters, pen-holders, and other items from history make their way into the feature. The mega-brand went through phases of design, which are evidently shown through the exhibition. The jewelry all fits into the sections of Innovation, Transformation, Nature, Exoticism, Fashion, Personalities, and Community. Through the entire exhibition, the jewelry is displayed in a way that shows the phases of design Van Cleef and Arpels went through-whether to fit with time, circumstances, or trend. Exoticism featured jewelry inspired by places around the world-India, China, Thailand, and many other places where their culture travels far and wide. The Personalities collection featured some of the most stunning pieces of jewelry owned by style icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Duke of Windsor, and many others. 
Overall, the exhibition had a similar effect the Savage Beauty trance-it is amazing that such beauty can be extracted from what can be labelled as an accessory. And that is exactly the opposite of what the Cooper-Hewitt displayed-each piece of jewelry was actually a work of art, each with a combination of uniqueness, speciality, and-in the case of Van Cleef and Arpels-history, and significance. 

-M

22 comments

  1. Love the ballerina Booch a lot but love the other pics too!!!!!

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  2. There's only one word to say for me: WOW
    xx Nini

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  3. Lovely blog and nice photos!

    x0x0

    BarcelonaBrunettes
    www.barcelonabrunettes.com

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  4. love Van Cleef & Arpel
    so beautiful

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  5. You chose lovely things.. :)

    Kiss,
    sara

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  6. Gorgeous post, loving all this jewelry! I've never taken an interest in jewelry but Van Cleef And Arpels seems to have really nailed it for me.
    xoxo, Veena <3

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  7. Love Grace Kelly's Princess Tiara!!!

    xox,
    karen

    www.rubytuesdayfashionanddesign.blogspot.com

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  8. wow!! awesome this post! Lovely and gorgeous all the things you post here!! :D

    xx

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  9. I don't know much about jewelry but this pieces look awesome!


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  10. The box is just amazing! So colourful, I want it.

    xxx
    Daria
    http://fashionsurf.blogspot.com

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  11. Love Princess Grace's tiara, so stunning

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  12. Thanks for the comment on my Music Monday post :)

    LOVE the peacock box...am following you now..hope you will follow me too!

    xo
    Lizzie
    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  13. Hi Meera! Thanks for visiting my blog and for the sweet comment. Lovin' your blog too and def following. :) I cannot stop ogling at the peacock box. xx

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  14. Such a lovely blog.. I really love the tiara :) so pretty!

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    X

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  15. The ballerina is my favorite but they're all beautiful!

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  17. the pieces are quite literally stunning. the historical context ups the value, you can trust they are impeccably crafted.

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