The Spirit of Beauty fairy clip was created in 1941 and belonged to the Countess von Haugwitz-Reventlow, better known as Barbara Hutton. It is made up of diamonds, emeralds and rubies set in platinum and was the Maison’s first fairy model. In the archives it is labeled “Little Winged Fairy”.
Fairies are iconic figures at Van Cleef & Arpels. They embody the Maison’s enchanting universe, and symbolise hope and jou. Together with ballerinas, they first appeared in the early 1940s, marking the advent of a tradition of depicting feminine figures. Fairies are generally characterized by a face set with a rose-cut diamond, their delicately fashioned and bejeweled wings, and the stylized contours of their silhouette, sometimes accompanied by a magic wand.
Drawing featuring a Spirit of Beauty fairy brooch, 1941
Van Cleef & Arpels Archives