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Book it now: Inside the Van Cleef & Arpels Patrimonial Exhibition

Book it now: Inside the Van Cleef & Arpels Patrimonial Exhibition

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The Walska brooch

Of course, you don't create jewels as storied as those from Van Cleef & Arpels without coming into contact with a few celebrities and, alongside the incredible suites created for royal weddings and coronations over the years, the Walska brooch is one of the most enduring celebrity pieces. The brooch showcases a 95-carat yellow diamond which opera singer Ganna Walska had worn as a pendant in the 1930s.

The diamond was auctioned in 1971 and the piece was ordered by the new owner to celebrate the birth of her son. As with many Van Cleef and Arpels designs, the brooch is also a piece of transformable jewellery with the wings becoming earrings and the diamond remaining a pendant if desired.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Patrimonial Exhibition is open to the public until March 15, 2017 at 9 New Bond Street, London. Visit vancleefarpels.com.

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