"When Estelle 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 Vend˘me 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.
Estelle's Sautoir 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."