A masterpiece of ingenuity, the Zip necklace stands out as one of Van Cleef & Arpels’ boldest creations. In the late 1930s, Renée Puissant, the Maison’s Artistic Director and daughter of Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef, set out to develop a piece of jewelry inspired by the zipper. This idea is said to have been sparked by a suggestion from the Duchess of Windsor, who was fascinated by this new type of fastener just starting to appear on garments of the time. With the assistance of jewelry designer René-Sim Lacaze, Puissant began the ambitious undertaking of bringing this ordinary object to life through precious materials.
[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels]