Gorgeous mansion/Cooper-Hewitt Museum
Van Cleef & Arpels has been around for over a hundred years making jewelry for women and they sure know how to drape women in any type of jewel! I am so glad that I heard about this before it ended. Highlight of my month.
Pictures from the pamphlet. The Walska brooch is 95 carats! The snowflake is one of their most popular motifs and contrasts gold and diamonds. The ballerina brooch is based on a painting by Nicholas Lancret showing a french dancer known as "La Comargo". The ribbon wave brooch was formerly owned by a countess.
VCA is famous for their women's watches because back in the olden days it was offensive for a woman to wear a watch. So, VCA made watches for women in the disguise of a bracelet. I just can't imagine walking around wearing a piece of jewelry like these. I would be afraid to walk out of the house.