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High Jewellery: Bals de Legende.

Summary: Van Cleef & Arpels present five sets of jewels inspired by five extraordinary Balls of the 20th Century.

From the twilight of the Romanov dynasty to the jet-set seventies, the High Jewellery collection called Bals de Legende from Parisian jeweller La Maison Van Cleef & Arpels recalls 20th Century high society with 21st Century jewellery.

BALL AT THE WINTER PALACE St Petersburg, 1903

Le Bal du Palais d'Hiver harked back to Russian fairytales with guests wearing costumes paying homage to traditional 17th Century Russian style. The jewel-encrusted costume worn by Her Majesty Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna is said to have weighed some 30 kg.

From this collection, the Diamond Dancer clip reflects a tradition of Russian dance dating back to the creation of the Russian imperial dance company in 1738.

THE BALL OF THE CENTURY, Venice, 1951

Le Bal du Siecle took place in the baroque architecture of the Palazzo Labia in Venice, La Serenissima, a celebration of the 18th Century Venice of Casanova and Longhi. The Bauta motif ring symbolises the Venice carnival. The design is chiseled onto each side of the ring, in grey mother-of-pearl. The centerpiece is a 25.15 carat Sri Lankan blue sapphire.

THE BLACK AND WHITE BALL New York, 1966

Everybody who was anybody was invited to the Black & White Ball by writer Truman Capote at New York's Plaza Hotel. A glamorous affair, guests included Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Vivien Leigh, Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, the Rockefellers, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Maharajah and Maharani of Jaipur. It was said Capote made 500 people happy by inviting them but he created a thousand enemies amongst those who were not invited!

LE BAL ORIENTAL Paris, 1969

Baron Alexis de Rede's Oriental Ball at the Hotel Lambert on the Ile Saint-Louis saw guests met by two white elephants with ushers who looked as if they had stepped out of a tale from the Thousand and One Nights. The yellow and white diamonds of the Danseuse Orientale clip embodies sensual grace and was inspired by one of the ball's striking costumes.

" A glamorous affair, guests included Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Vivien Leigh, Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, the Rockefellers..."

LE BAL PROUST Chateau de Ferrieres, 1971

Baroness Guy de Rothschild threw the ball to celebrate the centennial birthday of writer Marcel Proust. One of the most spectacular costumes was worn by actress Marisa Berenson who dressed as one of Proust's contemporaries, the Marquise de Casati. Celebrating Berenson's impact on the other guests, Van Cleef & Arpels created the Marisa necklace featuring a 10.32 carat pear-shaped rose-cut diamond.

For enquiries regarding purchasing pieces from the Bals de Legende collection, contact Van Cleef & Arpels. www.vancleef-arpels.com

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