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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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Varuna butler's bell

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All images courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels

This month famed French jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels will be celebrating over 110 years of dazzling creations at its London store on New Bond Street. The Patrimonial Exhibition will showcase nearly 40 stunning vintage and heritage jewels created at Van Cleef & Arpels' Place Vendôme maison, including pieces owned by Elizabeth Taylor, H. R. H. Princess Fawzia of Egypt and H. H. Princess Salima Aga Khan.

One of the oldest pieces on display is the Varuna butler's bell which was crafted in 1907, just two years after the opening of the first Van Cleef & Arpels boutique, and thought to have been ordered by New York society man Eugene Higgins. Made from ebony, enamel, rubies, gold and jasper it is one of Van Cleef & Arpel's greatest sea-inspired fine jewels. Click through to see more highlights from the exhibition.

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Oiseau clip

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Nature has always been one of Van Cleef & Arpels signature inspirations and the bird motif — as seen in this Oiseau clip from 1924 — is one that recurs throughout the house's history.

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Cobalt necessaire

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Alongside its fine jewellery, Van Cleef & Arpels became a go-to name for chic Parisian women looking for cleverly designed necessaires, compacts and minaudières. With a mirror, lipstick case and folding compartment for valuables or make-up, this blue enamelled design in gold from 1925 is a classic example.

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