Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Gold Braided Band Ring


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    About Van Cleef & Arpels Brand

    Van Cleef & Arpels  was founded in Paris in 1906. Since then the VCA jewelry has always been a jewelry of choice among celebrities and royalty. Being founded by a daughter of a precious stone dealer and a son of a stone cutter, Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef, the brand was meant to be big in the jewelry world. Press used to call the power couple union “The Maison based on love.”

    Even before Art Deco was pronounced as a style, the VCA brand was known for the skillfully made, bold geometric pieces. Later, during the century, the maker mastered this design approach to the top notch jewelry level. The experimental spirit, fearless usage of the exotic materials, and truly unique gemstone combinations brought Van Cleef & Arpels to the top three of the jewelry world.

    Van Cleef & Arpels remains a symbol of luxury and elegance in the 21st century. They continue to create breathtaking jewelry pieces and watches, with their boutiques being found in major cities around the world. Van Cleef has a rich history of innovation, craftsmanship, and artistic creativity that has made it a beloved and respected brand in the world of haute joaillerie. Their ability to capture the spirit of each era while maintaining their unique identity have solidified their place as one of the most prestigious jewelry houses in the world. To make this prestigious jewelry affordable not only for the prestige clientele, Nadine Krakov Collection offers a wide selection of estate Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry without the high markups.

    Shop for our Van Cleef & Arpels ring  collection, Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and VCA earrings.


    About French Jewelry

    Vintage French jewelry is highly valued by jewelry experts and enthusiasts. Since the late Renaissance, France has established itself as one of the world trendsetter in art and fashion. A quick look at the top 5 French jewelry companies  Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Hermes, Chaumet, Chanel — describes the French level of greatness.

    How did France went on the top of the jewelry world’s hierarchy? In a nutshell, it started with French apprenticeship system. In the beginning of 1950s, in France anyone at the age 14 could start learning the craft. Learning was primarily hands-on, with apprentices assisting in various stages of jewelry creation under the guidance of their mentors. They would start with basic tasks and gradually progress to more complex ones as their skills improved. This way French jewelers, like no others in the world, gained a substantial portion of experience in the early age. Even non-designer jewels were produced by the high skilled masters. The 1950s was a period when various design movements, such as Art Deco and the beginning of the Mid-Century Modern era, influenced jewelry aesthetics. Apprentices would be exposed to these design trends and learn to adapt their skills to create pieces reflecting these styles. Masters passed down not only technical skills but also their values, ethics, and artistic sensibilities.

    Modern jewelry is not handcrafted anymore and mass market oriented production is prevailing. Jewelry designs are streamlined to use as less hand labor as possible. That’s why today vintage French jewelry is in such high demand. Nadine Krakov Collection offers the most desirable vintage jewelry online made by French experts.