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February 2, 2009 / Monsieur D

Van Cleef & Arpels platinum and black enamel compact up for auction

A platinum and black enamel powder compact by Van Cleef & Arpels is to be auctioned this week in New York at Sotheby’s.

The rectangular hinged case, dated to be from around 1925, is decorated in Chinese fashion with a flowering tree created by small round turquoise and ruby cabochons and single-cut diamonds.

Baguette diamonds decorate the sides of the case, while the interior is fitted with a mirror and powder compartment.

The total diamond weight is approximately 2.5 carats and an estimate has been set at between $5,000 and $7,000.

Meanwhile, luxury skin products containing extracts of platinum have been tipped as the next big thing in beauty for 2009.

According to, cosmetics with diamond extracts are already popular and platinum will be the next big trend in ultimate skincare. Other skincare stars of 2009 are expected to be goji berries, argan oil, baobab and tumeric.


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