Van Cleef and Arpels Presents ‘Precious Stones’ An Exhibition On Gems And Jewels

Science, mineralogy, and jewels collide to astounding effect in a new exhibition by Van Cleef and Arpels in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

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The show, titled Pierres Precieuses,” (Precious Stones), or “Gems,” was originally scheduled to open in the spring but was forced to postpone. Opened on September 16 and on view through June 2021, the exhibition features more than 300 pieces from the Van Cleef and Arpels archives, institutions, and private collections.

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A ruby Fuchsia clip by Van Cleef and Arpels from 1968 with a rough ruby embedded in marble.

In collaboration with Van Cleef and Arpels, the “Precious Stones” exhibition immerses visitors in several fields which are closely connected and yet rarely brought together: mineralogy, gemology and the art of jewellery making.

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A 65-carat tourmaline from Mozambique polished into an asymmetrical drop from the collection of Van Cleef and Arpels.
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Star Sapphire likely polished during the Middle Ages (top) with two sapphires discovered in 2018.
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A collection of diamonds including a faceted 8.9-carat Van Cleef and Arpels Old European cut (top), diamond crystals, pink diamond, black diamond, and diamond in kimberlite.

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Through a contemporary scenography, this exhibition brings together over 500 minerals, gems and objets d’art from the Natural History Museum’s collections and more than 200 gems and jewellery creations from the House of Van Cleef and Arpels. This unprecedented link between minerals, gems and jewellery, structures the tour, immersing visitors in the history of the earth, the processes of mineral formation and the latest scientific advances in geoscience. It also allows visitors to marvel at the most beautiful creations fashioned by humans and created from natural diversity.

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Collaret (1939), crafted from platinum and diamonds. Formerly in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Nazli of Egypt.
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1929 necklace with emerald pendants.

Structured in three parts, the exhibition begins with Histories of the Earth, which explores the original formation of minerals and their use in society. The second section is perhaps the most fascinating: Minerals to Jewels, which offers insight into the natural phenomena that takes place in the depths of the earth and how it affects stones, rocks, and crystals. The transformation into jewellery is then revealed in 40 thoughtfully curated vignettes with diamonds, topazes, emeralds, aquamarines, and more presented side by side as raw minerals, cut gemstones, and high jewellery.

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Table clock from 1934.

Finally, taking into account the storied French tradition of jewellery, the third section looks back on the historic, scientific, and artistic significance of Paris by spotlighting such talents as Jean Vendome, who was considered the founding father of contemporary jewellery.

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