Tuesday, 24 February 2015


Margot Robbie at the Oscars was absolutely STUNNING in Saint Laurent, the hair, red lip but it was that statement necklace....
THE Zip necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. 

I couldn't get her image on Instagram fast enough 
(as those who follow would know and for those who don't and would like to @jennicholljewellery).
 She was my stand out favourite from this years Oscars.
#nailed it

 I thought it would be interesting to share the story behind the incredible zip necklace. 

Firstly Margot......

In 1938 the Duchess of Windsor asked ReneĆ© Puissant, 
( the Maison's artistic director and the daughter of Alfred Van Cleef ) 
to create a piece of jewellery inspired by the zip. 

After years of technical challenges the necklace was finally produced in 1951.
 A limited number were produced in yellow gold with diamonds and coloured gemstones.
Unzipped it is a necklace and zipped it becomes a bracelet.

Gold and Diamonds

White Gold and Sapphires

White Gold ,Turquoise, Chloromelanite and Chrysoprase

White Gold, Mother of Pearl and Lapis Lazuli

The necklace worn by Margot Robbie has 150 diamonds and 300 sapphires set in 18K yellow gold, estimated to be worth $1.5 million. 
To quote Margot "This necklace is worth more than my life"

Treat  yourself to the video below......  

A truly rare piece as less than 10 have been auctioned over the years.
An estimated 600-800 hours to produce!

images via Van Cleef & Arpels and Getty

Who wouldn't want to be zipped in one of these?

Who was your favourite at the Oscars? 
Or should I ask what was your favourite jewellery?

Jen X

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