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A new creation for its collection extraordinaire

Van Cleef & Arpels are releasing a new composition in the Collection Extraordinaire baptized Moonlight Patchouli, an ode to a historical and polarizing ingredient of perfumery (Pogostemon cablin), which has been both loved and hated since the 19th century, but which does not leave you indifferent…

Moonlight Patchouli emerges between shadow and light. A moment of mystery, this mixed fragrance was composed to echo the poetic vision of the moon illuminating the night with its halo.

Patchouli is the star of the show. Notably from Indonesia, essence of patchouli has been appreciated for centuries. The Asian plant first arrived in England, and then France in the 19th century. It traveled thanks to the fashions, accompanying cashmere stoles from the other side of the world, in trunks scented with its precious leaves.

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Fifty kilos of leaves are needed to obtain a kilo of essential oil. Powerful and earthy, its scent releases a camphorated freshness that appeals to both men and women.

Today, patchouli is refined down to its most beautiful qualities, so that only its powerful woodiness remains. Extremely recognizable, its woodsy aroma has accents of cocoa that transport your imagination to exotic lands.

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The light rises above the patchouli under a moonlit sky: a floral heart blossoms with Bulgarian rose and beautifully powdery iris. The base note reveals a suede accord, adding a leathery and fruity quality to prolong the trail.

On skin, the fragrance offers woody and leathery notes for him, and a powdery floral signature for her.

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The quality of the raw materials and the understated bottle have characterised Collection Extraordinaire by Van Cleef & Arpels since its origins. For this new opus, the bottle is dressed in elegance with an intense shiny black lacquer. The white box features a cartouche outlined with a silver edge, on which appears the name: Moonlight Patchouli, and the embossed monogram of the High Jewellery Maison.

 

 

 

Christie’s Auctions Jewels from Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen

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It is not every day one can stand a chance to own jewelry that once belonged to royalty. If it isn’t enough that Shirley Temple’s blue sapphire ring, the Queen of Albania’s Coronation tiara and jewels owned by the Duchess of Windsor are all up for bids next month. On May 18, auction house Christie’s will give you that opportunity with the sale of exquisite jewels that include several from the private collection of H.S.H Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen.

The princess (born merely wealthy, she was first married to the Prince of Leiningen before marrying the Aga Kahn in 1998), received many of the jewels as gifts from her second husband.

Gabriela was previously married to Prince Karl-Emich zu Leiningen and later, May 1998 she married to his Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, 49th Imam of the Ismaili, international entrepreneur, horse-breeder and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network, and became Princess Inaara Aga Khan.

During their 16-year marriage, the Princess held the tittle Begum Inaara Aga Khan and received superb and unique Jewels from her then husband, a great art connoisseur, furthering her already extensive collection. Several of them are to be presented in the Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale in May. Before the sale however, the jewels will be on display in Geneva from May 13; the collection is currently making its way to New York as part of a tour.

Sophisticated and classically beautiful, H.S.H Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen’s extensive collection is a true reflection of its owner. A woman of charisma, wisdom, elegance and above all joy. Each jewel represents a special moment in her life and the happiness she experienced at the time.

The 46 lots set to go under the hammer in Geneva are estimated to be worth over $15 million. Bidders can expect to see spectacular items from Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co.

We highlight several key pieces that will certainly excite any avid jewelry collector.

Cultured pearl and diamond fringe necklace, bangle and pair of earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

Cultured Pearl and Diamond Fringe Necklace and a Bangle and Pair of Earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels

 

A significant piece on auction is the pearl and diamonds necklace the Princess inherited from her grandmother in law, the Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan (1906 – 2000), wife of Sultan Mohammed Aga Khan III. When it was given to the Princess, she commissioned Van Cleef & Arpels the creation of complementary bracelet and earrings to wear with the necklace. On several occasions, Princess Gabriele has been photographed wearing the stunning set.

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The necklace, whose yellow-gold flowers contain small diamond clusters, has 15 cultured pearls and multiple white gold clusters. The necklace comes with a similarly set bangle and pair of ear pendants. Estimate: $200,000 to $300,000

Aside from their beauty, many of these jewels bare a compelling history of their own. To me they embody wonderful and loving personal memories as well as exciting chapters of my life, full of color, travel and encounters. They have brought me great joy and happiness. Now I wish their journey to continue, bringing joy and happiness to their new owners.

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Other highlight in the collection is the cultured pearl and diamond fringe necklace. Its owner before coming into the possession of the princess was her former husband’s grandmother, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan. When it entered the collection of Princess Gabriela, a matching pair of ear pendants and a bangle were commissioned from Van Cleef & Arpels in order to wear them as a complete parure.

Cultured pearl and diamond necklace and pair of earrings

A SET OF CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND JEWELLERY Provenance H.H. Begum Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan

The necklace designed as a double strand of cultured Pearls, to the circular and retangular-cut diamond cluster clasp, together with a pair of earrings, each cultured pearld set within a baguette-cut diamond undulating surround, with four circular-cut diamond accents. Mounted in gold, the necklace is 46 cm, the earrings are 2 cm in diameter.

Provenance H.H. Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan.

A ruby, emerald and diamond flower brooch by Robert Pouget.

A RUBY, EMERALD AND DIAMOND FLOWER BROOCH, BY ROBERT POUGET Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan

The rose flowerhead and rosebud set with calibré-cut rubies, to the similarly-set emerald leaves and baguette-cut diamond stem, 8.5 cm. With French assay marks for platinum and gold, signed Robert Pouget. Estimate: $40.000 – $60.000

Provenance H.H. Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan.

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The necklace features a detachable, cushion-shaped emerald pendant weighing approximately 39.7 carats; there are five more emeralds in the necklace weighing more than 16 carats in total. Estimate: $2.5 million to $3.5 million

This creation by Cartier that would make any woman swoon. The diamond and emerald necklace features an almost 40-carat Colombian emerald. The necklace with the matching earrings was worn at the official dinner that followed the wedding of Prince Felipe of Spain and Letizia Ortiz back in 2004.

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Persepolis necklace and paire of Persane earrings by Cartier

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The necklace, set with emeralds, sapphires, and rose-cut diamonds, is paired with a pair of emerald, diamond, and pearl earrings. The necklace was a gift from the princess’s mother, Renate Thyssen. Estimate: $700,000 to $1 million.

 

'Persepolis' Necklace and Pair of 'Persane' Earrings by Cartier

Pieces that will certainly get your attention, include a suite of emerald, diamond and pearl jewelry from Cartier, as well as the ‘Persepolis’ necklace and pair of ‘Persane’ earrings. With graduated emerald bead drops and a larger emerald beat pendant suspended, the suite also features a briolette-cut diamond and oval cabochon emerald surmount. With emeralds, diamonds and sapphires of several cuts, the ‘Persepolis’ neckalce and ‘Persane’ earrings are a set that certainly cannot be missed.

 

Suite of emerald, diamond, and pearl jewelry by Cartier

 

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The necklace is a fringe of emerald beads interspersed with diamonds and pearls, suspended on a larger emerald and diamond pendant. The necklace is matched with a similarly-set pendant clasp, bracelet, and pair of ear pendants. Estimate: $500,000 to $700,000.

 

The Pohl diamond by Cartier

The 'Pohl' Diamond by Cartier

Pohl Diamond. What makes this 36-carat diamond so special is that it was the very first significant diamond that was polished in America (most diamonds are polished in Europe, India or Israel) before it was sold in 1943 to Bernice Chrysler Garbisch of the Chrysler Family. Having been mined nearly a decade earlier as a 287-carat rough stone, the diamond was acquired in 1998 for the Princess at Cartier.

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This massive 36.09 carat diamond, flawless D color, is mounted on platinum and tapered by baguette-cut schoulders. Estimate: $3.8 million to $5.5 million.

 

Sapphire and diamond ring by Cartier

Sapphire and diamond ring by CartierThe sapphire weighs a massive 21.06 carats and is set in platinum between baguette-cut diamond shoulders. Estimate: $600,000 to $800,000.

 

A magnificent diamond and sapphire necklace by Cartier

 

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A detachable pendant set with a cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing approximately 55.61 carats, a pear-shaped diamond weighing approximately 6.05 carats, and a cushion-shaped sapphire surmount, weighing approximately 3.48 carats, to the necklace set with a continuous line of graduated pear-shaped diamonds. The nacklace is 37 cm and is dated 1998, Signed Cartier, with French assay marks for platinum and gold. It comes in its original Cartier red leather box. Estimate: $2.000.000 – $3.000.000.

65b4b50b93324bfe619393177dc7e813Accompanied by report no. 16030063/1 and 2 dated March 2016 from the Gübelin GemLab stating that the orgin of the sapphires is Burma, with no indications of heating.

Report 1176529998 dated 15 March 2016 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the 6.05 carat diamond, VVS1 clarity: also with a working diagram indicating that the clarity of the diamond is potentially internally flawless, and the Diamond Type Classification letter stating that the diamond has been determined to be type IIa.

Further the necklace is accompanied with by a copy of an invoice dated 18 November 1998 from Cartier.

 

Pair of diamond and sapphire earrings by Cartier 

Pair of diamond and sapphire earrings by Cartier

The two sapphires, weighing 24.69 and 25.63 carats are detachable; the diamonds are set in platinum. Estimate: $600,000 to $800,000

 

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Ruby and Diamond Novelty Brooch by Cartier

This ‘novelty’ brooch, so-called because one side opens to reveal a watch with a circular dial, was once owned by Begum Sultan Mohamed Shah Om Habibeh Aga Khan III (the princess’s ex-husband’s grandmother).

The violin was one of Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan’s – and Princess Gabriele’s – favorite instruments. The brooch, modelled as a violin, has calibré-cut ruby belly with diamond fingerboard and tailpiece, with pavé-set diamond ribs. A one side opening to reveal a watch with circlar dial, Roman numerals and quartz movement. Together with its bow, its dated 1989. The violin, 6,8 cm, and bow, 8 cm, are mounted in platinum and gold. The violin is signed Cartier, no.001: the bow is unsigned. Estimate: $10,500 to $15,000.

Provenance H.H. Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan.

 

Mystery set ruby and diamond brooch and pair of earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels

Ruby and Diamond Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels

This ‘Mystery Set’ flower brooch comprises rubies and a diamond-cluster pistil and is mounted in platinum and gold. Estimate: $150,000 to $250,000

'Mystery Set' Ruby and Diamond 'Poppy' Earrings by Van Cleef & ArpelsEach ‘Mystery Set’ ruby-set poppy flower has a circular-cut diamond pistil and two diamond-set leaves set in platinum. Estimate: $100,000 to $150,000.

 

H.S.H Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen

Born to an entrepreneurial and philanthropic German family, Princess Gabriela, a trained lawyer, has been involved in educational, health and cultural development programs throughout her life.

In 2004, the Princess founded the Princess Inaara Foundation. This aid organization is committed to supporting projects in both Germany and in developing countries, striving to protect and ameliorate the rights of women and children in need, often through microcredit projects. She campaigns for greater understanding and tolerance across diverse cultures, whilst also being committed to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for the German AIDS Foundation.

The sale will be held on May 18, 7pm at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. For more information on the auction, visit Christie’s.

 

 

 

 

 

Inside London’s New Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique

Van Cleef & Arpels has reopened its New Bond Street store after an extensive renovation. The French Maison unveils the new interior design of its London boutique on New Bond Street. While the Maison’s ties with Britain are well established with a host of British collectors and admirers, its premises at 9 New Bond street date back to 2001. Fifteen years later, in a renewed tribute to this supremely refined address, Van Cleef & Arpels is unveilling a new interior design concept.

Founded in 1906 at Place Vendôme in Paris, the Maison of High Jewellery and Watchmaking offers jewellery creations, exquisite watches, and exceptional fragrances. Van Cleef & Arpels invites you into a wondrously enchanting world of unparalleled artistry and savoir faire.

Opening the door, visitors are plunged into a warm, sweeping space with an intimate atmosphere. Upon entering the boutique, a majestic staircase instantly draws the eye. Its movement is evocative of the spiral in a shell, and each step is lit up indirectly to accentuate the overall impression of lightness.

This impression is heightened by the purity of the lines and volume, the subtle colours in graduated shades of taupe, grey and beige by the elegance of the materials selected. Artificial and natural lighting combine to gently envelop the space and showcase the jewellery.

In addition to the High Jewellery collections, the first floor is dedicated to Watches for men and women and Bridal pieces. The second floor is devoted to the Alhambra® collection and to jewellery creations inspired by nature, such as the Cosmos™, Lotus and Two Butterfly collections.

Featuring a refined setting where light and contrasting materials take centre stage, the space is transformed into a poetic showcase which emphasises the creativity inherent to the High Jewellery Maison.

This quiet nod to precious materials and to the geometric purity of the Art Deco style is reiterated by elegant wooden panels featuring golden openwork patterns. The creations are displayed in wall display cases or under tall glass cloches, where the lights showcase the exquisiteness of the jewellery.

London’s Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique you can find at 9 New Bond Street, London W1S 3SW, +44 (0)20 7493 0400. Come into the beautiful world of  Van Cleef & Arpels.

Place Vendôme for charity

Only Watch Charity Auction is a non-profit to benefit Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (A.M.M) founded in 2001 ‘by parents of children suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who decided to unite their resources and shared experience to support progress on scientific and medical research’.

The Auction itself is biennial. Every watch being auctioned is a one-of-a-kind creation and donated by the brands. In 2013, there were 33 extremely generous brands whom participated by submitting a watch. 100% of the more than $6 million raised was donated to the charity. That’s some serious love from the watch industry! So far, 43 brands have committed a timepiece to Only Watch, 2015!

What’s also exciting for the 6th iteration of the Only Watch Auction is that it was hosted by Phillips Auction in association with Bacs and Russo. The Auction will took place on November 7th, 2015, after the complete collection of Only Watch, 2015 watches made a world tour!

Some vèry complicated, some vèry luxurious or sumptuous, but all vèry beautiful and extraordinary watches. I have a total weekness for French jeweler watches like Boivin, Boucheron, Chaumet, Mauboussin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Poiray and ofcourse Cartier. Now on Only Watch, 2015 are two of my favorite ‘Place Vendôme’ brands: Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron.

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs

For Only Watch 2015, Van Cleef & Arpels has created a unique Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs timepiece, illustrating the brand’s vision of travel and their lasting ties with Monaco. A complication piece with dual time zone function, it pays tribute to the Principality with its dial displaying a radiant Mediterranean blue with a pique motif at its center. Crafted with the brand’s ‘Poetry of Time’ philosophy, it celebrates the beauty of the moment and the promise of distant, fairer horizons.

 

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs

Measuring 42mm, the white gold case is fitted with a self-winding movement developed by Agenhor exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels. The winding micro-rotor is made of solid platinum, with 48 hours of power reserve and double jump hour and retrograde minute complications.

 

Boucheron Epure Vauge De Lumière

Also Boucheron invokes the power and the beauty of the seas with their entry into Only Watch 2015 in Monaco

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The unique Boucheron Epure Vague de Lumière was created for Only Watch’s 2015 charity auction. The wave featured on the dial is a three-dimensional sculpture in white gold that stands away from the sea represented by aventurine glass. Inspired by the artist Hokusai, the hollow carving is paved with both round and baguette diamonds using marquetry to create the shimmering wave as it unfolds onto aventurine glass. 

Boucheron Epure Vauge De Lumière watch

Boucheron Epure Vauge De Lumière

The 41 mm white gold case features Double Gadroons and Cabochons, signatures of Maison Boucheron, and is engraved ‘Pièce Unique 1/1’ on the exhibition caseback.  Timekeeping is provided by the automatic caliber GP400 manufactured by Girard Perregaux. To complement the dark blue glass background, the watch is fitted on a blue alligator strap. 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme

Created by Louis Monnet in 1978, this beautiful classical leather scent for men appeared at the time when ultimate intensive chypre and masculine leather fragrances were very popular. It became a synonym for classical men’s elegance in the world of fragrances.

The fresh aromatic opening includes the notes of basil, bergamot, green notes, juniper berries, marjoram, lavender and thyme. The heart is warm and even hot, featured with woody notes of Guaiac, patchouli and vetiver, tender floral and sensual spices. It’s dark and mysterious, masculine base notes are composed of amber, castoreum, smoky incense, dark leather, oak moss and musk.

Man Beard Handsome Hairy Bear Classic DressedA fabulous masculine perfume for men! This is luxurious, elegant and gorgeous. I love when it dry down, very slowly gentle and warm.

Van Cleef and Arpels Pour Homme has been reformulated, but I’m okay with that. It smells good, and reasonably natural. I’m not going to go crazy seeking out vintage bottles, because the difference between the old and new is negligible, by most accounts. When it comes to reformulations, my position couldn’t be clearer: change is a part of life, so just roll with it.

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The strong, manly and timeless black Art Deco styled bottle

Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme is a true gem. It evokes everything that is dark, exlusive and complex. The opening to this fragrance is very exotic with a fresh-soapy floral and herbaceous note which after a while transitions into a very warm, dark and sensual leather musk.

The only difference I can tell is that the top notes are a bit subdued compared to the old version. The top notes in the old version were harsh green, and they practically jumped out of the bottle at you from the get-go. The new one doesn’t do that, and the top notes are softer. However, after about 20 minutes, all of the old magic comes right back. I think this one is complex and natural enough to convince me that Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme has been reformulated well. I do have to say …a real great job reformulating this scent

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A fabulous perfume for men! Rank it along with Christian Dior Jules, Chanel Antaeus and that other jewelers scent: Cartier Santos. It’s very masculine and strong. Luxurious, elegant and gorgeous. For me it sometimes has this strong (blushing) ‘sweaty, armpit-y’ note that really turns me on. Another real plus for this perfume is its longevity, on my skin is last easily for a whole day and more, so to be used sparingly!

A precious jewel. A gem, you don’t have this kind of high quality perfume anymore these days. This is a definite for those who like old school masculines. Has all the markers. Monsieur Louis Monnet made an original masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

A bit of history: Compacts.

Compacts date from the early 1900s, a time when make-up had not gained widespread social acceptance and the first powder cases were often concealed within accessories such as jewellery, walking sticks or hatpins. From 1896, Plainsville, Massachusetts-based handbag manufacturer Whiting & Davis created lidded compartments in its bags where powder rouge and combs could be stowed. In 1908, Sears’ catalogue advertised a silver-plated case with mirror and powder puff (price 19 cents) and described it as small enough to fit in a pocketbook.

In the US, manufacturers such as Evans and Elgin American produced metal compacts with either finger chains or longer tango chains. Designed to be displayed rather than fitted in a handbag, they required more ornate designs and many from this era are examples of sleek Art Deco styling. As make-up became more mainstream and women were increasingly active outside the home, compacts became more popular. British manufacturer Stratton began importing part-finished powder boxes from the US for assembly at its Birmingham plant in 1923 and by the 1930s it was creating them from scratch and producing half the compacts used by the UK cosmetics industry!

Cartier Panther Vanity CaseThis vanity case, made in 1928 by Cartier, is similar in design to that owned by Jeanne Toussaint. It’s made of gold, platinum, enamal, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and onyx. The interior has a mirror, lipstick case, covered powder compartment and a cigarette compartment. This item is part of a later series of cases also inspired by Georges Barbier’s drawings of panthers, dogs, and gazelles. Another case decorated with greyhounds belonged to Elma Rumsey, Pierre Cartier’s wife. (Photo: N. Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier).

The company developed self-opening inner lids in 1948 (designed to protect the powder and prevent damage to fingernails) and by the 1960s it was exporting to agents worldwide. Compacts were heavily influenced by prevailing fashions, for instance, the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb spawned Egypt-inspired obelisks, sphinxes and pyramids, while the growing popularity of the car meant compacts were incorporated into visors, steering wheels and gears.

 

 

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, minaudiere Noir 18k gold black laquer, 1935

Famous French jewellers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Boucheron, Mauboussin, and US jeweller Tiffany & Co began producing minaudières. A minaudière is a women’s fashion accessory, generally considered a jewelry piece, made of precious metal like sterling, gold or platinum, and many times inlaid with precious stones, carried on a metal or silk cord. Intended to be a substitute for an evening bag. A case with compartments, it allows storage for several items in a small space, such as a makeup compact, lipstick, watch, reading glasses, or keys.

The minaudière appeared during the 1930s. Its invention is attributed to Charles Arpels, of Van Cleef & Arpels, but many jewellers and Haute Couture designers have created their own models. Many times made by order. They where very popular in Hollywood, and among Royal society. Also in the 1930s, compacts were regularly updated to match the season’s fashion trends and gimmicks such as watches (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co .a.o) and even miniature windscreen wipers were included in designs. Later, compacts became popular souvenir items (both the Chicago and New York World Fairs of the 1930s included souvenir powder cases) designs could also be picked up as mementos of holidays abroad.

 

Contrasting color and a sunburst design place this 1934 Van Cleef & Arpels purse, Radiant Minaudiere, in the art deco period. Photo courtesy of MOCA.

Van Cleef & Arpels Minaudiere, black suede, 18k gold, diamonds en emeralds.  Contrasting color, and a sunburst design, place this 1934 Van Cleef & Arpels purse, radiant minaudiere, in the art deco period. (photo courtesy of MOCA).

Although compacts continued to be in widespread production up to the 1960s, their popularity diminished as the cosmetics industry created plastic containers that were designed to be discarded once the powder ran out. These began to be heavily advertised from the 1950s. Writing in Americana, Deirdre Clemente suggests that changing make-up trends , notably for natural rather than pale and powdered complexions from the late 1950s on, contributed to the declining popularity of the compact.

Even now, compacts ar many times little pecious items in a ladys purse or clutch. Made in beautuful shapes, and often in gold (colored  plastic). Famous ar the limited editions you see at the end of the year, mostly to celebrate Christmass. Some not from plasic but made of real metal. Famous are those from Estée Lauder, true collector items…..

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels Caresse d’Eole minaudière, white gold, rhodium, diamonds.

Everything is coming back! last year we saw the revival of the clutch, that little small evening bag. And now the minaudière! Not only made by it’s inventor Van Cleef & Arpels, but also by other jewellers like Cartier, Boucheron, Bvlgari, Harry Winston, and many fashion designers like Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior! Everything is coming back again.

Its going to be beautiful again in restaurants and at party’s! Thank you girls!

by Jean Amr

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Blooming Spring Creations

Until now in gold and sparkling diamonds, the Cosmos collection inspired by one of Van Cleef & Arpels’ signature flowers henceforth offers two new combinations: iridescent mother-of-pearl dialoguing with soft pink gold, or a sober, luminous pairing of onyx and white gold. The delicate heart-shaped corollas, a pretty metaphor for the four-leafed clover, look sublime on décolleté, wrist, ears or fingers. Our favourite is the between-the-fingers ring, a wonderful illustration of the French Maison’s creativity.

Van Cleef & Arpels jeweléry is available at Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels,

Van Cleef & Arpels restyle their New York boutique

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French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels re-open the doors of its New York City flagship to reveal a glowing makeover. Designer Patrick Jouin and architect Sanjit Manku of Jouin Manku Studio redesigned the iconic French jeweler’s boutique, which has stood landmark on Fifth Avenue since 1942. Having already designed the interiors of the Maison’s Paris and Hong Kong boutiques, the Parisian design studio was called upon by Van Cleef & Arpels yet again for this project.

Van Cleef & Arpels’ New York boutique, previously a dimly lit and velvet-heavy space, Jouin Manku Studio sheds some light on the flagship’s showroom. Working with lighting designers L’Observatoire International, who also worked on the French Maisons Paris and Hong Kong boutiques, the space itself now seems to glow.

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The fresh new design plays up the glow factor even more with a color scheme full of yellow and gold hues. Brass accents throughout the space add still more shine.

Using the boutique’s domed display cases as inspiration, circles and curved lines are a strong design theme. From the large circular overhead light fixtures to the wide curved staircase, the smooth lines open up the space and give it a flowing feel.

The store includes a new VIP room, a library, and, for the first time, a bridal salon titled Estelle & Alfred. This quintessential Fifth Avenue boutique offers a lighter take on grandeur.

 

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring Blossom

Van Cleef & Arpels has launched Feerie Spring Blossom - new poetic and infinitely charming limited edition Eau de Parfum

French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels launches a new perfume for women in its famous and tantalizing Feerie Collection. Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring Blossom is all about a pure, fresh aroma inspired by the spring blossom trees, flowers and their innocent calm smell. The new perfume will delight women thanks to its charming smell that will evoke pleasant feelings of freshness and awakens. Feerie Spring Blossom’s smell will resemble the fresh aroma of the first buds that smell intense, long and nice.

Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring Blossom is a sweet floral perfume with a delicious juicy aroma that will be adored by most women of all ages. Due to its sweetie/bitter cherry blossom accords mixed with adorable litchi fruits, Feerie Spring Blossom is all about a mouthwatering smell. It will also blend spicy accord of pink pepper along with magnolia and peony notes mixed with wild raspberry zest. The base dry-down with Tonka beans and musky notes.

Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring BlossomVan Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring Blossom comes in the same bottle shape as the previous Feerie editions, yet this time the new perfume comes in a pale pink color inspiring a pure and fresh aroma.

Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring Blossom will be available earlier next year as 50ml Eau de Toilette.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels

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The Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels timepiece is based on the very watch that the man himself made to wear on his wrist back in 1949. It is a watch that has become a legend according to the French Maison; a symbol of elegance that is both discreet and sophisticated. We at Yakymour couldn’t agree more.

Designed by Pierre Arpels in 1949, the watch that bears his name epitomizes Van Cleef & Arpels’ vision of masculine elegance. A blend of sophistication and restraint, it is notable for a thin case held by two central attachments.

The Pierre Arpels timepiece is everything that the modern watch wearer would want from a timepiece that is luxurious yet utterly understated. For this year, Van Cleef & Arpels presents a new, more contemporary interpretation of this iconic watch, with all superfluity stripped away. It has a clean, white dial with a matt finish, simple black baton hour markers and traditional Roman numerals.

Its 42mm case is rose gold, while its fine strap is made in black leather. This is a beautiful timepiece that will last for generations.