Van Cleef & Arpel's Bold & Beautiful Zip Necklace
Former Van Cleef & Arpels' artistic director Renée Puissant was intrigued by a suggestion said to have been made by the Duchess of Windsor in the 1930s—transforming the zip fastener into a jewel. In 1950, that idea became a reality when the Zip necklace was born; interestingly, when it is "unzipped", it converts into a bracelet.
Emblematic of the French Maison's style, the Zip necklace is a reflection of its glamorous universe and exceptional savoir-faire. More than that, it's indicative of the influence of haute couture in its creative world, and perfectly illustrates its penchant for innovative, transformable pieces.
Considered one of the Maison's most dazzling technical creations, the Zip has been revisited many times over the years. For instance, the Zip Antique necklace is a faithful reproduction of the original model, the Zip Couture necklace is long enough to create an alluring accessory for the décolleté or a bare back. It has been imagined with monochromatic gems and even designed to evoke an Oriental flavour.
Its ability to be so transformative has given the Zip a playful character, not to mention a veritable source of boundless creativity. Indeed, through the artistry of Van Cleef & Arpels, the fastener has been elevated into a masterpiece that has attained iconic status.
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