Van Cleef & Arpels Exhibit Opens at Cooper-Hewitt

The official blurb:

Since its opening on the Place Vendôme in Paris in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has played a leading role in style and design innovation. Its timeless pieces have been worn by style icons including the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. This exhibition will explore the historical significance of the firm’s contributions to jewelry design in the 20th century, including the establishment of Van Cleef & Arpels in New York with the advent of World War II. On view will be more than 250 works including jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories and objets d’art by Van Cleef & Arpels, many of which were created exclusively for the American market. The exhibition will examine the work through the lenses of innovation, transformation, nature as inspiration, exoticism, fashion and celebrity, and will include design drawings from the Van Cleef & Arpels archives.

The unofficial blurb:

I’m currently considering how to break in to the CHM and abscond with any one of these beauties so that I may retreat to a wilderness enclave and forever clutch it to my aching heart. I’ve just GOT to get up there to check this out! Hmm- how to fit that into my whirlwind summer.