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Mother of Pearl and Diamond Butterfly Pin, Van Cleef and Arpels
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Mother of Pearl and Diamond Butterfly Pin, Van Cleef and Arpels

$165.00 per day

18K white gold butterfly pin set with Mother of Pearl inlay and round brilliant-cut diamonds, Van Cleef and Arpels. 1.6″ x 1.95″

$165.00 per day

Mother of Pearl Mother of pearl, or nacre, is the iridescent lining of pearl producing mollusks. It is also the same material that makes up the outer layer of the pearl itself. Use of mother of pearl in adornments dates back to 2600 BC, and pieces have been found in King Tutankhamen’s Tomb as well as in artifacts from the Shang Dynasty in China.

Inlay Inlay is the technique of applying thin gem material or metal to create decorative details on the surface of a base gem, bone, metal or wood material. Marqueterie is inlaid veneers placed together to form a design or picture.

Van Cleef and Arpels Established in 1906, Van Cleef and Arpels has maintained its flagship in the Place Vendôme in Paris ever since. Known for iconic motifs including flowers, animals, and fairies, the house has designed for the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Eva Peron, among many others.  VCA won the grand prize at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in 1925 and established itself as one of the leading houses of the Art Deco period. In 1933, VCA patented its "Mystery Setting,” a technique where each stone is faceted onto invisible gold rails less than two-tenths of a millimeter thick. Each mystery setting can require 300 hours of work per piece or more, and only a few are produced each year. Signature collections include Alhambra, created in 1968.

Unique Elements
Butterflies have been an iconic inspiration for Van Cleef and Arpels from the beginning for their lightness and movement, and they have been interpreted in many materials and forms. This pin features beautifully inlaid mother of pearl. Wear it on the shoulder of a jacket or tuxedo, or at the waist or shoulder of a gown, as well as on a sweater or jacket for day.

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