Make a Statement : Margot Robbie's Oscar Necklace

 

We're not the only ones who immediately eyed Margot Robbie's statement necklace at the Oscars--it seems to have captured the attention of jewelry admirers and viewers alike.

 
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With a plunging neckline (thanks to a svelte Saint Laurent dress) her vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace definitely took the Oscar for "Best Accessory". The necklace was made in the 1930s for the Duchess of Windsor--that statement alone left us wanting to know the story behind the unique zipper design. So, of course, we did a little digging to find out the history:


 

In the 1930s, Wallis Simpson, the colorful Duchess of Windsor asked the French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels to make her dream come true--to have a necklace made to her design.

Van Cleef and Arpels revealed that the piece took 800 hours to painstakingly craft at their Paris atelier after the Duchess commissioned them in 1938.

The Duchess’ unique design wasn’t actually produced until 1951, when Van Cleef & Arpels stunned the world with the iconic zipper necklace. Adorned with diamonds and jewels, its working golden zipper transforms the necklace into a stunning bracelet when zipped. Talk about a unique design that functions!

Check out Van Cleef and Arpels' video of the iconic accessory (!) :