Van Cleef & Arpels is the famed luxury jewelry company whose clientele have included people like the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.  Their craftspeople are always up for a challenge such as the incredible bejewelled zipper necklace which actually works like one. 

Another challenge they completed a few years ago is an exquisite bejewelled fairy automaton. It was a years long collaboration with the automaton maker, Fran├žois Junod.

Watch the video on the amazing creative process which involved many highly skilled people in different fields.  You can well imagine the technical difficulties in bringing this concept design to fruition. 

The fairy moves, the main lotus flower opens to reveal a fluttering butterfly and the whole lotus leaf pad undulates.  A stunning beautiful object d'art!

H/T to Aims of BigBlueBarnDesigns for this find

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