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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Van Cleef & Arpels at Cooper-Hewitt

More than 250 pieces of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry will be on exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York from Feb. 18 till June 5.

The exhibit, "Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpel," will focus on Van Cleef & Arpels’s contributions to jewelry design in the 20th Century. It will examine the work of the famed Parisian jewelry house through the lenses of innovation, transformation, nature as inspiration, exoticism, fashion and celebrity; and will include design drawings from the Van Cleef & Arpels archives. Jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories and objets d'art, many of which were created exclusively for the American market, will be on display.

Van Cleef & Arpels was established in 1906 when it opened a store on the Place Vendôme in Paris. It opened a store in New York with the advent of World War II.

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is at 2 East 91st Street.

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