2018 marked the 50th anniversary of Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic Alhambra collection, one that saw the launch of an all-new range of jewellery pieces which feature the intense reflections of guilloché yellow gold.
Highlighting the brilliance of yellow gold by way of the sunbeam-like lines etched on the surface of the metal.
In place of the carnelian, malachite or onyx hard stones you typically find within the beaded contour ‘clover’, this collection consists of a necklace, bracelet and pendant, all of which take after the guilloché yellow gold from the 2018 collection, this time mixed with diamond-paved motifs.
Showcasing the guilloché technique – a technique originating from the 1500s, that giving volume to and emphasizing on the shine of gold, through the embellishment of lines on the surface, and has been used by the Maison since the 1910s. The mix of this heritage aesthetic with diamond-paved motifs adds a stunning dimension and texture to the jewellery with its shifting reflections bathed in warm hues.
The Alhambra motif, the French Maison’s famous four-leaf clover-inspired design that came about in 1968, in line with Van Cleef & Arpel’s belief in luck, are framed with beaded contours and topped off with a gold bead in its centre. The beaded frame is first reworked by master jewellers, after which the prongs – that are made round to add softness – are bent to hold the motif in its place. Lastly, the pieces are polished, completing a process of over 15 steps.
Alhambra Guilloché necklace pendant yellow gold
Alhambra Guilloché long necklace yellow gold
As with all the precious gems and diamonds that Van Cleef & Arpels uses, the pearls have also been selected with care, deriving primarily from the Australian seas. They are also naturally produced inside the seashells itself and feature a golden tone with changing overtones.
The collection also includes 2 Sweet Alhambra watches, both of which also shine brilliantly like the other pieces in the collection. The first model offered features a bright dial showcasing the guilloché technique, with interchangeable alligator straps.
Sweet Alhambra Guilloché watch in yellow gold, interchangeable alligator strap, quartz movement
Sweet Alhambra Guilloché watch in yellow gold, diamonds, gold mother-of-pearl, quartz movement
A jewellery watch that shines with its components – a mix of gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl. This bracelet is made of alternating motifs that surround its gold dial. The different materials add dimension to the piece- with the mother-of-pearl’s golden hues and reflections, the guilloché’s reflections off its embellished surface and the diamond’s shine.
Step into the sun and you’re guaranteed a glow like no other, with the sunlight glinting on the gold that’s a sight to behold. Wear it everyday, or keep it just for special occasions, you just need to head down to your nearest Van Cleef & Arpels boutique to have a look for yourself.
Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Guilloche is available at Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques, and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful worlf of Van Cleef & Arpels.