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.

 

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge

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Founded in 1896 by Charles Arpels and his brother-in-law Alfred van Cleef, French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels created since then the most beautiful jewelry and watches. The pair opened their first boutique at the prestigious Place Vendôme in the heart of Paris in 1906. They gained notoriety for their use of precious stones and their expertise and innovation in stone setting techniques. Since then the 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 fragrance came with First for women in 1978, a beautiful timeless classic floral, aldehyde scent. First remained a popular choice and inspired a lot of flankers over the years. Other notable releases include Feerie, men’s classics Pour Homme and Tsar. and the Collection Extraordinaire, a luxury line whose first first fragrance was launched in 2009.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge is a new luxurious perfume for both men and women as part of the French Maison’s famous Collection Extraordinaire.

For its Collection Extraordinaire, the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels has drawn its focus to an exceptional flower, the Rose…  The bloom that is also known as the ‘Queen of Flowers’ has been the center of attention for centuries, and an endless source of inspiration for poets and writers, painters and perfumers. The Maison approached its new creation just like those botanists, crafting a Rose from scratch: the Van Cleef & Arpels Rose…

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge opens to impress with an aromatic bouquet of scented notes that brings up a natural/perfumed sensation on the skin. It is more of an oriental/woody perfume composed by the famous perfumer Julien Rasquinet. It has a nicely balanced opening made of fruity notes along with oriental black currant and pink pepper nicely mixed with floral/woody ingredients of Turkish rose, musk, cocoa and patchouli note.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge is synonymous with luxury, very high-quality, and eponymous wearers. 

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Rose Rouge is available as 75ml. Eau de Parfum.

 

 

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara

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French Maison ‘Haute Joaillier’ Van Cleef & Arpels launches one more outstanding and very feminine perfume, Neroli Amara part of the famous Collection Extraordinaire. Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara is a green/citrusy perfume nicely mixing neroli to leave an irresistible aroma behind.

Created by perfumer Quentin Bisch, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara is a modern, stylish and elegant fragrance with a pleasant fresh/citrusy aroma to be worn during the day.

Top notes: Brtgamot, Lemon, Mandarin 
Heart notes: Black pepper, Chypress
Base notes: Orange blossom absolute

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara opens to impress with fresh Italian lemons, mandarins, and bergamot along with spicy black pepper and cypress. What can be more thrilling and amazing than to smell on you the fresh lemon aroma. The base calms on a floral layer made of orange blossom absolute. It is definitely a must-have summer perfume!

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara is available as 75ml Eau de Parfum. 

 

 

 

 

Spring has sprung with Van Cleef & Arpels…

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In case you missed it, spring is well and truly here! The excitement for the season ahead is somewhat short-lived thanks to the soaring temperatures in the lead-up to summer, however Haute Joaillier Van Cleef & Arpels has given us a reason — well, nine actually — to embrace the now.

For the French Maison, known for its precious and one-of-a-kind high jewelry, the Frivole collection’s new pieces uphold Van Cleef & Arpels’ unwavering dedication to superb craftsmanship and finest quality gemstones and are intended for day and evening wear.

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Expanding its Frivole portfolio, Van Cleef & Arpels has just released nine new pieces that celebrate the coming of spring. A flower motif unites the new additions each of which possesses its own unique detailing.

This season, three miniature flower motifs are brought together to create one gorgeous focal point on a necklace and earrings, whilst signature Frivole mini model pieces are laden with light-diffusing diamonds for extra impact and ultra high shine. 

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What’s significant about this year’s Frivole line is the introduction of a new motif: A dainty cluster of three small flowers with heart-shaped petals. A tiny diamond, fringed with gold, adorns the centre of each flower. Unabashedly feminine and demure, this new motif has been translated into a pendant and earrings.

Another highlight of the collection is a new, transformable pendant that can pull double-duty as a clip. It features three petals, which, like the rest of the range, have been meticulously mirror-polished to achieve maximum shine when they reflect light. The pendant also showcases a trio of diamonds nestled at the heart of these gleaming petals. This same three-petal silhouette can be found in a matching ring bedecked with a single diamond.

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ new Frivole additions also include blinged up renditions of existing jewels in the collection – specifically the mini model pendant, earrings and bracelet that were launched last year.

Diamonds in colours ranging from D to F, with a clarity of either IF (Internally Flawless) or VVS (Very Very Slight Inclusions), have been festooned all over these pieces for an ultra luxurious touch. Paired with the jewels’ openwork details – an iconic Frivole feature that allows more light to pass through them – they look absolutely stunning.

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One of Van Cleef & Arpels’ key sources of inspiration, nature endows its creations with poetry and vitality. From the diamond clips of the 1920s to contemporary jewelry pieces, oral motifs have always been at the heart of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creativity. Enthralled by the constant metamorphoses of ora, the Maison transposes its myriad nuances and forms, crystallizing the lightness of clover or a peony’s generous bloom.

In an eternal and bejeweled spring, poppies join daisies, sprigs of lily-of-the-valley and cherry blossom, all transformed into Jewels at the workshops in Place Vendôme. Enriching Van Cleef & Arpels’ poetic garden, the Frivole collection perpetuates a creative tradition dedicated to beauty.

The new Frivole collection will officially launch on 21 March 2018.