Van Cleef & Arpels ‘The Transformations of Gold’ Exhibition

Take a closer look at this 1953 clip with golden pastilles and sequins punctuated with diamonds gracefully animating a ballerina’s tutu.

Travel through the decades at the Van Cleef & Arpels ‘The Transformations of Gold’ exhibition at their 20 Place Vendôme boutique in Paris until March 31, 2021. Discover various thematic interpretations of gold, each illustrating the refinement and variety of the French Maison’s style. For more informattion, come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Van Cleef & Arpels Launches Rose Gold Guilloche Sweet Alhambra Jewellery Watch

Introduced in 1968, the Alhambra motif, featuring a 4-leaf clover has been so integral to Van Cleef & Arpels that it has become part of its DNA. The Sweet Alhambra, a variation of the original Vintage Alhambra collection, comes with smaller, daintier motifs and dials on its timepieces. 

This year, the now iconic Alhambra collection of French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection welcomes a new jewelry watch, which reinterprets the emblematic lucky motif in materials teeming with life.

The Sweet Alhambra jewelry watch seems entirely consecrated to light. Around the guilloché dial, the bracelet alternates radiant motifs in guilloché rose gold and pink mother-of-pearl. Appearing for the first time in the Alhambra collection, the latter material has been chosen for its natural pink color with silky over tones.

The mother-of-pearl motifs have been carefully matched, before being delicately polished to create a shiny sur face. Guilloché rose gold is also making its debut in the Alhambra collection; the engraving gleams as it catches the light. The hours thus slip by with a sparkle on this jewel that tells the time.

In keeping with the Maison’s high standards, the hard stones that adorn the creations have been selected from among the finest materials. The chalcedony draws its charm from its soft gray-blue color, while the agate has been chosen for its deep and even shades, accentuated by careful polishing. The gray and pink mother-of-pearl reveal all the delicacy of their iridescent luster.

Faithful to Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of excellence, the Alhambra collection reflects all the expertise of a High Jewelry Maison. Different crafts have come together for each piece, ranging from the lapidary to the jeweler, from the stone-setter to the polisher. In keeping with the Maison’s standards, the mother-of-pearl and hard stone motifs are intricately cut and polished, before being matched to create harmonious sets. Like the guilloché motifs, they take their places inside an elegantly beaded mount, as if within a precious case.

These golden contours have been carefully reworked by hand by master jewelers, before the prongs – rounded for a softer feel – are bent down to hold the motifs delicately in place. A final polish then illuminates the beauty of the ensemble. In all, about fifteen stages of selection, crafting and checking succeed one another, resulting in a unique piece that will stand the test of time.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection is available at Van Cleef & Arpels Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Van Cleef & Arpels Enchants With Oud Blanc N°1584400

Creating the most beautiful and precious jewelry and watches, French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels was founded by Charles Arpels and his brother-in-law Alfred Van Cleef in 1896. The pair opened their first boutique at the prestigious Place Vendôme in 1906. They gained notoriety for their use of precious stones and their expertise and innovation in stone-setting techniques.

Parisian jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels is a pioneer in its field, with a subtle mix of knowledge and experience. Maison Van Cleef & Arpels is built on strong and specific values of elegance, femininity, creativity, excellence and style. The Maison’s fragrances mirror the philosophy of the jewellery collections, bringing together an array of rare ingredients in compelling scents, which are presented in perfectly crafted flacons that possess their own Van Cleef & Arpels magic.

Beautiful Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry has adorned the bodies of royalty, prominent political figures, socialites and numerous actresses and entertainers. The Maison’s first foray into fragrances came with ‘First’ for Women, in 1978, a classic timeless floral aldehyde scent. ‘First’ has remained a popular choice and inspired a number of flankers over the years. Other notable releases include men’s classics, ‘Pour Homme’ (1978), ‘Tsar’ (1989), and the ‘Collection Extraordinaire’, a luxury line whose first fragrance was introduced in 2009.

Next month, Van Cleef & Arpels will launch Oud Blanc, a new addition to the Maison′s Collection Extraordinaire. The Maison revisits the legendary Oud Wood with Oud Blanc. Oud Blanc, offering an extraordinary reinterpretation of that legendary wood that we mistakenly thought no longer had secrets.

To approach the Oud in a different way, I was inspired by what happens when it is burned during ceremonies. It releases a blazing, enveloping smoke, laden with mystery and opulence. I tried to recreate the scent of this smoke,which is both warm, soft and translucent.

Anne Flipo, master perfumer

Oud Blanc is not a reworked version of the Oud: it’s a rediscovery. Enclosed within a white flacon, this woody oriental offers a surprising and crystal clear view of that tempered wood. Those men and women who flinch violently at the keyword ‘Oud’ may still be able to relax with the latest Collection Extraordinaire offshoot.

Although this Eau de Parfum noticeably contains eaglewood, according to master perfumer Anne Flipo this is more like burnt oud, which is supposed to be quite intense, but here it is warm and soft and has been steamed down to a translucent level. The result was an oud note that is present but absolutely soft.

There are also some gourmand notes, such as date and vanilla, whereby the latter, together with frankincense (perhaps rather benzoin), makes it look as if some light chocolate has been used. Vanilla gives the composition its sweet and creamy trait, while incense causes a whirlwind of emotions in spreading its structured and smoky facets. It also goes very well with white, light musk.

The date in turn gives the whole composition a fine, delicately fruity-sweet underline, whereas the rose appears more as if breathed in. Oud Blanc remains, as could not be expected otherwise, quite linear. And it’s no surprise that the date runs out first and oud with white musk remains most consistent.

Well – this is all done quite well, even if the wheel is not reinvented here. What we have here is an extremely pleasant autumn scent that brings together the components of soft oud with unobtrusive gourmand notes in an exemplary manner. For hardcore oud aficionados rather uninteresting – for beginners a welcome opportunity.

If a color could symbolize this research, there is no doubt that it would be white: a bright and timeless white whose purity is enhanced by a perfectly balanced, elegant and refined flacon.

Van Cleef & Arpels Oud Blanc N°1584400 is available as 75ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Van Cleef & Arpels Liane is an ode to elegance and femininity.

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Inspired by the world of couture, swipe to discover the savoir-faire behind French Maison’s Van Cleef & Arpels Liane necklace – an embodiment of the fluidity and lightness of a thread. As 18k gold meticulously braided as a cord, the Liane necklace is an ode to elegance and femininity.

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Slide and take a closer look at the details of the Liane necklace. The clasp gives the necklace a subtle asymmetry, while the two tassels showcase the French Maison’s virtuoso craftsmanship in precious metal, recreating the flexibility and sophistication of passementerie.

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ Liane necklace is available at Van Cleef & Arpels Boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

 

 

Get into the spirit of the holidays with Van Cleef & Arpels’ new creations

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In 1968, ‘Haute Joaillerie’ Maison Van Cleef & Arpels introduced a clover-shaped charm that quickly became a signature design of the French Maison. A symbol that represents luck, health, fortune and love, the design has increased in popularity amongst celebrity clients – who would often layer several Alhambra necklaces of different sizes and with different gemstone combinations for the quintessential daytime look.

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra creations are distinguished by their unique, timeless elegance. Inspired by the clover leaf, these icons of luck are adorned with a border of golden beads.

During its 51-year history, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra collection has continuously been refreshed and refined (making it one of the maison’s most collectable fine jewellery motifs) every now and then, especially during the holidays.

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For this season, the Maison is celebrating the holiday season with a limited-edition Vintage Alhambra pendant. Continuing its partnership with the illustrious Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, Celestial Blue Sèvres porcelain, diamond and yellow gold come together in harmony for this year’s exclusive pendant, imbuing the symbol of luck with exquisite craftsmanship. Due to the traditional production process, the Celestial Blue color can vary slightly from one piece to the next, giving the creation an exclusive character.

Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

 

 

Inside Van Cleef & Arpels’ first heritage exhibition in the Middle East

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For the first time in the Middle East, Van Cleef & Arpels, the French High Jewelry House, announced the opening of its heritage exhibition ‘Treasures and Legends’. The latter will take place from 10 October 10th until the 31st, at the new boutique in Dubai Opera Plaza.

Van Cleef & Arpels is opening its first-ever heritage exhibition in the Middle East and over 50 high jewellery pieces will be on display.

Thanks to Vincent Meylan, the creator of Van Cleef & Arpels’ ‘Treasures and Legends”, the Maison will showcase a heritage exhibition of regal jewels and ornate crowns, dripping in splendour. ‘Treasures & Legends,’ the display will combine craftsmanship with history to feature over a century of high jewellery that belonged to great rulers and affluent aristocrats. 

 

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From the former collection of Princess Faiza of Egypt, Pivione clip brooch with rubies and diamonds 1937, Van Cleef & Arpels

 

 

 

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From the former collection of Queen Nazli of Egypt, necklace with diamonds 1939, Van Cleef & Arpels

 

 

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From the former collection of Princess Faiza of Egypt, necklace with emeralds and diamonds 1939, Van Cleef & Arpels

The great ambassadors of their times: Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, Maharajahs and Maharanis and aristocrats favoured the introduction of new styles that marked the decades of the 20th century. Styles from the Art Deco movement to the oriental inspirations of the 1970s.

As you wander (and wonder) from case to case, it’s hard to believe that these breathtakingly beautiful jewels and precious objects have been gathered in one place.

From royalty to cinematic legends, the French Maison has created many legendary pieces of jewellery over the decades. The exhibition includes pieces formerly owned by Queen Nazli of Egypt, the Maharani of Baroda, Begum Salimah Aga Khan, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Lilian of Belgium, and Princess Grace of Monaco. The standout though, is a replica of the crown Farah ‘Diba’ Pahlavi wore when she was crowned as ‘Shahbanu’ (empress) of Iran in 1967.

 

 

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Replica of Her Imperial Highness Farah Pahlavi’s crown 1967, Van Cleef & Arpels

The ‘Treasures and Legends’ exhibition will reveal the stories beneath Van Cleef & Arpels’ illustrious list of muses and clients. Each piece of finery will be accompanied by an intriguing detail of its origin: the inspiration behind the asset, who it belonged to and how it came to establish its legendary prestige. The pieces are beautifully displayed with a painting or image of the legendary women who wore them.

 

 

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From the former collection of Princess Salimah Aga Khan, necklace with emeralds and diamonds 1971, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Exceptional stones, enchanting elegance and elite expertise will be on show in the collection of over fifty precious jewels and elaborate gems, each with their own memory to unlock. 

 

‘Treasures & Legends’ by Van Cleef & Arpels

The Van Cleef & Arpels Treasures and Legends exhibition is now open to the public and will run until October 31, 2019. It is located at the Dubai Opera Plaza, where Van Cleef & Arpels’ new boutique just opened its doors.

Sunday to Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m | Thursday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Come into the wonderful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpel’s Stunning Alhambra Guilloché Collection

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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.

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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.

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Alhambra Guilloché necklace pendant yellow gold

 

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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.

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Sweet Alhambra Guilloché watch in yellow gold, interchangeable alligator strap, quartz movement

 

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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.

 

Aga Khan’s Art Deco: Exhibitions by L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels to catch in Dubai

 

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Established in 2012 with the support of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, the aim of L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, is to share the jewelry culture to a large and varied audience, both in France and abroad. Through offering an a la carte program of courses, talks and exhibitions, accessible to everyone with no pre-requisites, L’École welcomes the public to learn about the savoir faire of jewelry-making techniques, the world of precious stones, and the art history of jewelry.

Every year, L’École travels to different destinations to meet its students and offer them, in their country, a complete set of courses, talks and exhibitions. Following a first trip in 2017, L’École returns to Dubaï.

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After a first exhibition at L’École in Paris in 2018, the Precious Art Deco Objects exhibition comes back to Dubai from March 29 to April 13, 2019. L’École Van Cleef & Arpels presents a selection of art objects from a remarkable collection of the Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan.

 

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The precious boxes that make up that collection were amassed for his wife, the Princess Catherine Aleya Beriketti, and represent incredible masterpieces of inventiveness, creativity, fantasy, skills and technical prowess.

 

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These precious objects, whose craftsmanship was as important as their function, were specially designed for the first wave of ‘liberated’ women in the 1920s: women who enjoyed going out, applied make-up in public, and kept track of their numerous social engagements with a watch or a clock.

L’École-Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Visuel_3Cigarette cases, nécessaires (vanity cases), powder compacts and other precious objects in gold enriched in ornamental or precious stones, adorned with mother-of-pearl, lacquer or translucent enamel, sometimes enhanced with miniatures of Asian or Western inspiration, were presented for the first time in New York at the Cooper Hewitt Museum on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s’.

 

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At L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, they will be exhibited in a scenography highlighting the multiple Chinese, Japanese, Persian and European influences on these exceptional Art Deco objects.

March 29 to April 13, 2019

Hai d3 Dubai Design District
E11 – Dubai
Open daily to the public – Free access
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Come into the beautiful and wonderful worlds of Van Cleef & Arpels and L’École Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

 

 

Hidden time

For decades, secret watches have puzzled some, surprised many more and continuously teased the most curious minds. After all, what is more pleasurable for a woman than to keep a secret that no one else has access to?

A concept born in the 19th century and only explored occasionally since then, the ‘secret watch’ of the past stayed true to its name and completely disguised its horological intent. However, modern watch houses have taken a few liberties with the genre and adapted it to serve as a subset of high jewellery timepieces. After all, the original secret watches were able to use the larger ‘real estate’ of pocket watches or even small clocks and thus benefitted from a much broader palette. Today, instead of a watch masquerading as a walking stick handle, a crucifix, a small pistol or a miniature skull, the very nature of a wristwatch as something to wear has confined the designer to a smaller canvas.

Here, we share in the magic of rare and precious secret watches from some of the finest French watch and jewellery houses.

Boucheron Laïka the Husky Watch

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‘Breathtaking’ truly is the word that best describes the secret watch made as a cuff, where the Siberian husky is carved out of white gold studded with diamonds, sapphires and spinels and shown cuddling a piece of jade as if resting on a chunk of ice in the middle of Siberia. His blue eyes stare at the imaginary ice lake on which the time is reflected through rock crystal, carved out of a one solid block.

Creation featuring a husky in white gold paved with diamonds, sapphires and spinels resting on its jade pack ice. He maliciously watches the time fly through a rock crystal lake carved out of a block.

Creative Director Claire Choisne has proven once again the audacity of the brand in working with unusual materials, always using the most complicated techniques to create the finest aesthetics.

Cartier Résonance Necklace

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Thé Master in creating mystery clocks – and watches – Cartier knows how to suprise. Magic, secret, and mysterious, the Cartier Résonance is all that, comprising a white-gold pendant set with five lines of emerald beads mixed with diamonds. A mechanicalwatch is hidden in the V-shape of the necklace atop the carved crystal-clear emerald: if admirers can’t see it, it doesn’t matter – only its wearer can, and that’s the beauty of it.

Chaumet Hortensia Aube Rosée Brooch Watch

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In line with its flower blossom-inspired Hortensia collection, when it came to a secret watch, Chaumet was determined to go that extra mile: a paved brooch with 345 diamonds totalling 3.7cts set in rose gold, clips onto a classic Hortensia watch-case to subtly display the time behind a delicate floral composition. Four marquise-cut pink tourmalines form the petals of the top flower, contrasting with the lower diamond-paved flower, whose pistil is made of a pink sapphire surrounded by five carved pink opals.

A detachable dangling 5ct pink tourmaline, cut in a faceted pear-shape, matches the fuchsia pink satin strap of the watch. Once assembled, the mother-of-pearl dial with double bezel, combining 42 diamonds and a perlée line of gold with sparkling beads of the precious metal, completely disappears to display a statement piece albeit not everyone can pull off. But we say don’t be too proper, it’s boring – dare to wear what others won’t.

Christian Dior Versailles Côté Jardin Emerald South Parterre Watch

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Christian Dior’s private garden at his Granville home is where he spent most of his free time creating, thinking and drawing, surrounded by a multitude of flowers, plants and nature. Flowers were his thing and Victoire De Castellane has managed, over the past decade as Director of the Creative Studio, to make sure that most of the Dior Jewellery designs are faithful to the core values.

Last year, she introduced the Versailles High Jewellery collection, the very symbol of French art de vivre. This year, Versailles Côté Jardin marks Act II of her dazzling play. Focusing on the outside gardens, she cut stones in a way that reminds one of box trees, the serenity of lakes and the movement of the deep water. Studying the Parterre du Midi secret watch, you will notice a variety of flowers that even your florist would have a hard time naming and you’ll also note that each of them is set with a specific stone – 13 to be precise. All have been carefully set on three colours of gold.

Van Cleef & Arpels Secret Butterfly Watch

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Playful and poetic, the eye instinctively drawn to the 14.57-carat Colombian emerald set in the centre of the Secret Butterfly, as if the gem were the beating heart of the bejewelled insect. If pushed towards the top, the lower wing enables a subtle mother-of-pearl dial to divulge the time, powered by a mechanical movement with manual winding. It’s like penetrating the back doors of a secret garden where suddenly the dark hues of black spinels and deep green emeralds take life in a whirlwind of diamonds, enhanced by a discreet dial partially hidden by the insect’s lower wings. The piece is a standalone, bejewelled fairytale.