Van Cleef & Arpels

The Art & Science of Gems


A tribute to the sumptuous gem stone jewelry and the glamorous history of Van Cleef & Arpels.


ISBN: 9782365110983 Category:

Alvin Pang, Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter, Adriano Davoli, Timothy Adams, Vivienne Becker, Alberto Cavalli, Laurence Benaïm, François Farges, Laurence Mouillefarine


For more than a century, the designs of the French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels have represented the marriage of an unrivalled sense of elegance with an extraordinary level of technical expertise and prowess. The comprehensive monograph Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art & Science of Gems is a glittering, gorgeous tribute to a century of luxurious, glamorous jewelry design and incomparable mastery of materials. Lavishly illustrated with meticulous photographs by Patrick Gries, the book’s pages are filled with sparkling chalcedony, cornelian, rubies, emeralds and coloured diamonds, beautifully set off and enhanced by the jeweler’s designs (at alternate moments whimsical or understated, as the materials demand). Suggesting the complexity and richness of Van Cleef & Arpels’ output, the book is organized thematically around categories such as ‘Abstractions’, ‘Couture’, ‘Nature’ and ‘Icons’, and additionally features some of the legendary stones from the annals of the house’s history, such as the ‘Blue Princess’ sapphire and the ‘Walska Briolette Diamond’ brooch. Texts by art historians, personalities from the fashion world and mineralogists offer context and highlight the full extent of the jeweler’s art. Essential for those who love and lust after jewelry design, this eminently covetable volume celebrates the Van Cleef & Arpels style.

Additional information

Weight 2220 g
Dimensions 22.8 x 32.6 cm
Publisher name Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Publication date 1 March 2017
Number of pages 296
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.8 x 32.6 cm
Weight 2220 g


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Timothy Adams is an independent art historian and Fabergé scholar. Vivienne Becker is a London-based jewelry historian. Laurence Benaïm is Editorial Advisor at the Figaro newspaper. Alberto Cavalli is Director of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte. Adriano Davoli is an author, jewelry historian and collector. François Farges is a professor at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. Bérénice Geoffroy- Schneiter is a journalist and art critic. Laurence Mouillefarine is a journalist specializing in the art market. Alvin Pang is an award-winning poet, writer, editor and curator.