The House created the Van Cleef & Arpels hallmark in 1938, a lozenge symbol with the letters VC on one side and A on the other separated by the Vendome column, which guarantees the origin of each jewel. At the end of the 1930’s, the Duchess of Windsor and Reneé Puissant, artistic director of the House at the time, suggested that the firm create a jewel inspired by the zip fastener. Finally achieved in 1950, the first Zip necklace imitates a real zipper and can be worn open as a necklace or closed as a bracelet. It has remained a popular design, reworked periodically for new collections. During the 1940’s Van Cleef & Arpels Necklace replica strived to capture the beauty of nature, with its vital force and fragility co-existing in harmony. The Snowflake collection, which debuted in 1946 with the Guirlande de Lierre Clip, was a signature example of this harmony captured in design.

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