Van Cleef & Arpels
by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter
For over a century, Van Cleef & Arpels has consistently epitomized excellence in jewelry creation. Always seeking out the world’s most extraordinary gems and constantly pushing the boundaries of design virtuosity, the maison’s visionary creators brilliantly combine expertise with modernity. By opening boutiques in all the resort destinations favored by an affluent and sophisticated clientele, Van Cleef & Arpels reconfigured the map of a privileged society that embraced luxury, travel, and art. Magnificently illustrated, including several never-before-seen images, this new Mémoire volume recounts the prestigious brand’s story as it continues to create new designs while remaining faithful to its original spirit of elegance and sophistication. From the invention of the Mystery Setting to the creation of the Minaudière, from the Zip necklace to the Cadenas timepiece, the journey is dazzling.
Art historian and archeologist Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter is a journalist and art critic specializing in ethnic arts and the art of adornment. With Assouline, she has published many books, including Africa Is in Style, Ethnic Style, Fayum, Geishas, Greek Beauty, and Indian Beauty, as well as the two-volume Primal Arts. She is a regular contributor to several art magazines, including Artpassions, l’OEil, and Le Journal des Arts, and was the curator for the Voyage dans ma tête: La collection des coiffes ethniques d’Antoine de Galbert exhibition held at the Maison Rouge in Paris in 2010.magazine and teaches the history of makeup and body painting at ITM in Paris.
Released in October 2014
W 6.3 x L 8.7 x D 1.96 in
Hardcover with Jacket in a Slipcase