As a jewelry obsessive, I am crushing on Van Cleef & Arpels’ most recent haute joaillerie collection, “Bais de Légende” (“Legendary Balls”), which was inspired by the most magnificent social affairs of the 20th century.  Take a look:

An homage to the last Russian Imperial ball, the Winter Palace Ball in St. Petersburg in 1903, the ‘Loup diamant decor’ earrings were created

Inspired by the Proust Ball, the flamboyant Cantatrice clip

Le Bal du Siècle, Venice, 1951. (photo: Rue des Archives/agip)

Le Bal du Siècle, Eventail decor clip

Mia Farrow & Frank Sinatra arriving at Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball, New York City, 1966 (photo: Harry Benson)

The Black & White Ball (photo: Vogue)

As at the Black & White Ball, itself, ‘The Dancer’ elegantly holds her mask to her eyes

The Oriental Ball, 1969, Paris (photo: Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield)

As opulent as the Oriental Ball, the vibrant Kingfisher necklace

Another take on the Oriental Ball, the Makara ring

 

With my penchant for bright colors, the pieces in Le Bal Oriental were my favorites, but I’d be happy to accept any of the jewels in this collection!

Alors, à bientôt,

k.

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