A Gold Necklace Fit for a Pharoah

Van Cleef & Arpels’s new collar embodies an ancient regality in its design.

The gold collar is an ancient form of adornment; around the third millennium B.C., the Egyptian hieroglyph for the word “gold” itself took the form of a necklace that was bold, broad and suited for a pharaoh. Designers at the Parisian haute jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, which has been headquartered in the same space on Place Vendôme since 1906, became fascinated with such antiquities after the British archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. In the years since, the house has produced many Egyptian revival works, including 1947’s thick gold Wave necklace punctuated with

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