The Smithsonian presents "Set In Style: The Jewellery of Van Cleef & Arpels". The exhibition examines the renowned jewelry firm's significant historical contributions to jewelry design and design innovation, particularly during the 20th century. Organized by Sarah Coffin, curator and head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department, the exhibition opens Feb. 18 and will run through June 5, 2011.
Van Cleef & Arpels has been an important force in high jewelry for more than one hundred years. The preeminence of design in the firm's philosophy provides a unique opportunity to study the evolution of twentieth-century jewelry in the context of the decorative arts and other design disciplines.