The gold collar is an historic type of adornment; across the third millennium B.C., the Egyptian hieroglyph for the phrase “gold” itself took the type of a necklace that was daring, broad and fitted to a pharaoh. Designers on the Parisian haute jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, which has been headquartered in the identical house on Place Vendôme since 1906, grew to become fascinated with such antiquities after the British archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. Within the years since, the home has produced many Egyptian revival works, together with 1947’s thick gold Wave necklace punctuated with small diamonds. This latest homage, that includes an asymmetrical spray of stones that appear to defy gravity as they cling to the necklace’s convex floor, is made with a proprietary software developed within the Nineteen Sixties to create a textured aid on every articulated part. Whereas trendy methods could render a monumental piece of this nature each extra delicate and extra comfy to put on than these the pharaohs coveted, the impression stays one in all supreme class. Van Cleef & Arpels Legend of Diamonds Nuée de Diamants necklace, worth on request, vancleefarpels.com.
Photograph assistant: Benjamin Achour