Crafting Couture on The Place Vendome

MENTION PARISIAN JEWELER VAN CLEEF & ARPELS to an expert, and he or she will rhapsodize about the company's enhancement of stones with the minimum use of metal, and its famous clientele, including such style icons as Marlene Dietrich, Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor. But the real gem of Van Cleef is the craftsmanship—the seemingly invisible settings, and the sway and movement in the designs. Today the pieces are created as intricately as they were when the house, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, opened. All the high jewelry pieces are still made in Fort...

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