December 5, 2020

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Noah’s Ark Jewelry Exhibit Sails Into New York

Van Cleef & Arpels’ president and chief executive officer Nicolas Bos is in New York, doting upon a Robert Wilson-designed installation housing the firm’s Noah’s Ark-inspired high jewelry collection.
“If you look at the history of the house, we always promote a nice vision of Nature. We don’t have snakes — it’s never a vision of an animal that is threatening or dangerous or poisonous. We have some colleagues that do that very well. It can be beautiful jewelry. But at Van Cleef & Arpels it has always been more of that friendly, happy animal,” Bos said of the traveling installation’s contents.
While the Noah’s Ark jewelry was introduced in Paris in September 2016 and shown in Hong Kong in January, it has yet to be seen in New York. Precious-set giraffes, bunny rabbits, kangaroos and a pair of seals bouncing gemstone balls from their noses are recessed into the walls of a small room with video screens for walls. Every seven minutes or so, said screens’ ocean tableaus clatter black with the sound of thunder — a theatrical metaphor for the stormy fable.
The installation — located at the Cedar Lake event space in Chelsea and open to the public from Nov. 3

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