Transformable jewels: Daisy Fellowes’ Manchette cuffs

Daisy Fellowes, granddaughter of Isaac Singer, the inventor of the sewing machine, was among the most prominent socialites of the 1920s. Known for her elegance, she shone in French high society thanks to a bold and refined avant-garde style that photographer Cecil Beaton labeled “studied simplicity.” A leading light in the world of fashion, Daisy Fellowes regularly appeared in the magazines Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, for which she also penned columns.

Daisy Fellowes went down in history as well for her remarkable jewelry collection, which included two Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets that could be transformed into a necklace. In 1926, she ordered a first emerald and diamond bracelet, followed by a second identical piece in 1928. The Maison proposed a creative and ingenious system to combine the two bracelets, forming a spectacular choker.

Inspired by Indian motifs, the ensemble displays diamond architecture in the Art Deco tradition, trimmed with emerald teardrops. This creation illustrates the influence of Indian stylings on jewelry in the 1920s, inspiring creations that were to become iconic.