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Dinh Van

Discover Jean Dinh Van, one of Cartier’s most esteemed designers!

March 25, 2021

Jean Dinh Van was one of Cartier’s most esteemed designers in the 1950’s before breaking out to build his own Parisian fine jewelry house in 1958. Decades later, his pieces are still among our most modern offerings at Broken English.

You might equate Jean Dinh Van with expert, modern, metal design. After all, you can wear his most popular designs everyday with a sense of ease. The Menottes R10 Mixed Link Necklace and the Le Cube Diamant Ring slip into your jewelry box, almost unknowingly, and become the most treasured possessions. Though approachable in style, Jean Dinh Van, was a pioneer in crafting some of the most defining pieces of our time.

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Pictured: Menottes Necklaces

You might equate Jean Dinh Van with expert, modern, metal design. After all, you can wear his most popular designs everyday with a sense of ease. The Menottes Necklace and the Le Cube Ring slip into your jewelry box, almost unknowingly, and become the most treasured possessions. Though approachable in style, Dinh Van, was a pioneer in crafting some of the most defining pieces.

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Pictured: Vintage Dinh Van Campaign, Le Cube Diamant Medium Necklace - Rose Gold

Dinh Van studied jewelry and metalsmithing in Paris in the 1940’s. After completing apprenticeships at two of the most celebrated schools in the country Cartier came knocking at Dinh Van’s door. His vision for the house, at a time when big stones and opulence were regarded as the pinnacle of fine jewelry, Dinh Van had other ideas. He was instrumental in guiding fine jewelry toward a simple more refined luxury, aligned with the visionaries of contemporary art and sculpture of the 1950’s and 60’s.

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Pictured: Vintage Dinh Van Campaign (1976), Dinh Van Campaign (2019)

He embraced the idea that women should have an emotional connection to their jewelry - a philosophy that was as important a design element to his work, as the physical piece itself. Dinh Van was a master at evading trends and creating space in the design movement towards timeless jewelry.

“Jewelry should not be showy. It should reflect the personality of the woman who wears it, because she feels like wearing it all the time, not only for special occasions.” -Dinh Van

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Pictured: Menottes R8 Diamond Earring - White Gold

It is a testament to his keen eye, his innate understanding of how women wear jewelry and his radical approach to fine jewelry that proves his pieces as timeless. It’s so easy to slip on his divine Menottes bracelet now as it was 70 years ago. Style it alongside your Cartier love bracelet. It’s like the two were meant to be!

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Pictured: Le Cube Diamant Bracelets, Dinh Van Campaign (2000)

More Dinh Van

Dinh Van Snake Chain R12 Medium Bracelet - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Snake Chain R12 Medium Bracelet

Regular price $2,860
Sale price $2,860
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Dinh Van Menottes R12 Necklace - Yellow Gold - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Menottes R12 Necklace - Yellow Gold

Regular price $4,510
Sale price $4,510
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Dinh Van Menottes R8 Mixed Link Necklace - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Menottes R8 Mixed Link Necklace

Regular price $1,310
Sale price $1,310
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Dinh Van Le Cube Diamant Large Ring - Yellow Gold - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Le Cube Diamant Large Ring - Yellow Gold

Regular price $3,250
Sale price $3,250
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Dinh Van Le Cube Diamant Large Ring - Rose Gold - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Le Cube Diamant Large Ring - Rose Gold

Regular price $3,250
Sale price $3,250
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Dinh Van Le Cube Diamant Ring - Gold - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Le Cube Diamant Ring - Gold

Regular price $1,320
Sale price $1,320
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Dinh Van Le Cube Diamant Ring - Rose Gold - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Le Cube Diamant Ring - Rose Gold

Regular price $1,320
Sale price $1,320
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Dinh Van Le Cube Diamant Ring - White Gold - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Le Cube Diamant Ring - White Gold

Regular price $1,320
Sale price $1,320
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Dinh Van Le Cube Diamant Medium Necklace - Yellow Gold - Broken English Jewelry

DINH VAN

Le Cube Diamant Medium Necklace - Yellow Gold

Regular price $1,600
Sale price $1,600
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