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“Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels,” installation view at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, showing the integration of the mansion’s boiserie and the exhibition design by Jouin Manku
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TIME TO DAZZLE
by Brook S. Mason



Versace may have whipped today’s fashionistas into a fever for silver zippers -- but Van Cleef & Arpels beat the designer to the punch more than 50 years ago, even ratcheting up the metal meshing motif with precious metals and gems. The 104-year-old Paris-based jewelry firm’s ingenious “Zip” necklace from ca. 1955 is but one highlight of  “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels,” Feb. 18-June 5, 2011, at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum up on East 91st Street and Fifth Avenue.

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