Frigid temps make bundling yourself nose deep in your North Face or Canada Goose a dreadful necessity. Fur-trimmed Sorel boots and cashmere scarves can certainly up the chic factor of such utilitarian outerwear, but neither can take the sting out of a bomb cyclone. Or come remotely close to touching the irresistible novelty—and pure luxurious fantasy—of the marvelous, jeweled art deco cloak clasp pictured here.
Made of coral and diamonds, and mounted in platinum, the circa 1925 design is from Cartier London. Currently on offer from Siegelson in New York City, it’s something you might have worn to fasten your silk-lined velvet Paul Poiret evening cloak en route to the opera or to an elegant affair at the Ritz.
Created with versatility in mind, the clasp converts into two dress clips, one slightly larger than the other, that can be worn pinned to a neckline or clipped to the waist or shoulder.
According to Siegelson, the design is a fine example of the geometric motifs favored during the art deco period—note the many circular and semicircular elements, from the round diamonds to the cylindrical coral batons.
The incredible creation is the only known example of a convertible Cartier art deco cloak clasp. As such, the price is only offered (obviously) upon request.
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