Arpels, the daughter of a gem dealer, married Alfred Van Cleef,
the son of a stonecutter, it was the beginning of a love story,
like no other, and a great adventure beyond expectation!
Alfred and Estelle
had a desire to create something lasting. Their enthusiasm and
devoted commitment to the pursuit of beauty led them to found
the Maison of Van Cleef & Arpels in 1906. Situated at 22
Place Vendôme in Paris, the Maison was known for understated
elegance, refinement, and grace with a taste for innovation.
Putting all of these attributes together defined the Maison's
spirit of beauty.
A Sautoir is
a French term for a long necklace that suspends a tassel or other
ornament. This style has developed over time but probably the
most popular sautoirs were woven or twisted ropes of pearls suspending
a tassel. By the time of the Art Deco period (early 20's to late
30's) the sautoir adapted to the new style by becoming more geometric
and incorporating diamonds and other rare gems. Many could be
converted to bracelets, shorter necklaces and head ornaments
with interchangeable pendants and tassels that could also be
suspended from earrings or another necklace.
evokes the style of a sautoir from the Art Deco period. A supple
cubic right angle weave fire polish necklace cord ends with two
pearl, fire polish and seed bead tassels. A square cubic right
angle weave and embellished pearl component slides up and down
the necklace to adjust for placing over the head and adjusting
to how the necklace can be worn. The sliding component can be
worn close to the base of the throat or low. The tassels can
be staggered or even, it's up to you. Either way, this design
is beautiful and elegant. I hope that Estelle would agree.
Workshop: This is a one-day workshop
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Necklace length: My samples are 33 inches
from the end of one tassel to the end of the other tassel.
Cubic right angle weave
Flat and tubular peyote stitch
Fringing and embellishing techniques