Georges Lenfant for Van Cleef & Arpels Gold Taurus Zodiac Pendant


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    About Georges Lenfant Brand

    The history of Georges Lenfant, one of the most underestimated French jewelry House, began in 1899 under the name of Duparc and L’Enfant. George L’Enfant and his partner founded a firm that, after ten years, George took a full control of. The House was making high-end jewelry for the biggest Parisian brands: Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Mellerio dits Meller. Georges’ son, Jacques, joined the family business in 1915 at the age of 11. Despite his youth, Jacques showed remarkable talent and dedication, destined to carry his father’s legacy well into the latter half of the century.
    In the 1950s, Georges’ workshop started a significant partnership with Vacheron Constantin. They crafted timepieces for Hermès and continued to produce pieces for Cartier and VCA.
    Moving into the 1960s and 70s, the Lenfant workshop excelled in making exquisite gold chain bracelets and necklaces, which have become iconic representations of their craftsmanship. Jacques Lenfant, deeply captivated by the artistry of the goldsmith, explored patterns, shapes, and textures to create a seemingly endless variety of chains. These pieces are the essence of elegance and remain highly coveted and wearable to this day.

    About French Jewelry 

    Vintage French jewelry is renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and artistic excellence. French jewelers have a long history of mastering intricate techniques, such as filigree, enameling, and stone setting, resulting in pieces of top-notch quality and beauty. 

    Timeless jewelry designs created in France transcend fashion trends. The use of classic motifs and harmonious proportions ensures that vintage French jewelry remains relevant across generations. 

    In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, French jewelry was heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement. Between 1920s and 1930s, the Art Deco movement took over, influencing French jewelry with its geometric shapes, bold colors, and symmetrical designs. 

    France is home to several prestigious jewelry houses that have made significant contributions to the world of vintage jewelry. Notable names include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Boucheron, each with its unique style and heritage.

    Coco Chanel made a significant impact on the world of jewelry with her costume jewelry designs. Her use of faux pearls, glass, and other non-traditional materials revolutionized fashion jewelry.

    Whether you’re interested in the elegance of Art Deco or the organic forms of Art Nouveau, there’s a wide range of vintage French jewelry styles to explore and appreciate.