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Iconic piece of Van Cleef & Arpels since 1933, the Minaudière™ has become a jewelry accessory in its own right that embodies the Maison’s refinement and vision of femininity.
In the end of the Art Déco period, the Minaudière was the perfect accessory to the 1930’s elegant ladies and their new art de vivre. Practical, the precious piece held everything independent women needed for their evening events.
Ingenious blend between a vanity case and a purse, the Minaudière contains indispensable items such as a comb, a mirror, a lipstick, a powder box, a tiny secret watch and other miniaturized treasures. Once open, it unveiled wonders to the eyes.
Dazzling, simple or colorful, the Minaudière evolves with times and cultures. From the 1930s sleek black lacquer surfaces to the 1950s Nature and Art inspired decoration and the 2000s dreamlike arrangements, the eye captivating patterns adorns past and present elegant women’s attires.
Precious, the clasps of the Minaudières express the Maison’s attention to details. Floral inspired or heirs to abstract art and couture, they could sometimes be detached to be worn as elegant jewels.