This Bird of Paradise clip from 1942 is one of many bird-themed pieces created by Van Cleef & Arpels since the 1920s, reflecting the Maison’s tradition of drawing inspiration from nature. The silhouette, depicted in mid-flight, is striking both for its size and its three-dimensional volume. The bird’s body is sculpted in yellow gold, while the feathers of the outspread wings sparkle with sapphires and rubies, creating a stark interplay of light and color. The effect is further enhanced by a platinum beak set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The dynamic composition, as well as the glitter of the precious stones and metals, illustrate the Maison’s penchant for nature, alive and in motion.
Drawing featuring a Bird of Paradise brooch, 1942
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