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PARIS — For its latest presentation at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled a Alfredo Arias-designed set for the upcoming Biennale des Antiquaires, replete with a wooden replica of the facade of its Place Vendôme store. A retrospective of the house’s creations from its 1906 inception will open on Sept. 20 at Les Arts Décoratifs during the fair.

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As for the new jewels, Van Cleef & Arpels looked to good-luck symbols and animals, thus a turquoise frog atop a leaf on a lovely pair of Art Deco drop earrings in tourmalines, onyx, mandarin garnets and diamonds. Or the black-lacquered swallows on a necklace of gray cultured pearls and emeralds, offset by a deep pink 19.59-carat tourmaline. The shooting star on a brooch was rotatable, while another star motif was shown on a collar necklace crafted from a puzzle of diamonds.

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