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This time – sorry, all you gentlemen out there – a slightly girly post, as it concerns jewellery. It is, however, jewellery of the highest quality, so hopefully you’ll find the photos enjoyable too.

During my last stay in Shanghai I went to the Museum of Modern Art, where an exhibition was held of jewellery made by a French company Van Cleef & Arpels. This family firm was created in 1906 in Paris, after the marriage of Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a diamond cutter, and Esther Arpels, the daughter of a precious stone merchant. It has since provided beautiful wearable art for people such as Grace Kelly, the Duchess of Monaco, the Shah of Iran and many other celebrities and aristocrats. Hope you like it – and sorry for the overload, there were so many stunning pieces there, I’m only posting a half of my pictures anyway! 

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