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About Van Cleef

When it comes to jewelry, you want something with a bit of an X-factor, something that will stand out. Put your trust in the same company favored by fashion icons such as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor: Van Cleef & Arpels. Started at the end of the 19th century, this French company specializes in jewelry and fragrances. It's responsible for a number of innovations in the jewelry industry, such as the zip necklace, which appeared in 1950. The company focuses on pieces that are distinctly feminine and whimsical, with precious stones at the forefront of most pieces. Many pieces use a setting style known as the "mystery setting," which uses gold or platinum mesh without any visible prongs. It's a technique that Van Cleef perfected (but did not invent). For collectors, vintage pieces are of high value, especially those created during the Great Depression. You can find new, used, and vintage Van Cleef jewelry on eBay. Certain pieces, like the Alhambra, are unique to the Van Cleef line; others feature whimsical but not original motifs such as flowers or butterflies. Choose Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry that makes you feel beautiful and is built to last, and let it inspire you with confidence?that will give you the magic X-factor. The fact that everyone else loves your look too is just a bonus.