Van Cleef & Arpels presents the Frivole collection

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Petal power is at the fore of a range of whimsical (and diamond encrusted) flower creations as French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels unveils their latest jewellery collection…

Inspired by mother nature, Van Cleef & Arpels’ latest Frivole collection is a tribute to the frivolous side of spring. Made possible with the use of delicate shapes in yellow and white gold, juxtaposed against carefully curated diamond details, the 9-piece collection is designed to wear separately or layered piece-by-piece.

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Celebrate Spring with Van Cleef & Arpels’ Frivole creations. View the Frivole collection now, which is available at the brand’s flagship boutiques across the world now.

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels extends its Vintage and Magic Alhambra collections

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High Jewelry house Maison Van Cleef & Arpels revisits its iconic Alhambra collection by adding five new luminous pieces that showcase traditional luxury…

Maison Van Cleef & Arpels has released the must-have creations to add to its 1968-inspired collection, aptly titled Alhambra. Defined as the Maison’s token of luck, the Alhambra collection comes complete with earrings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets, all adorned with luxury savoire-faire. The shades of green malachite, diamonds and yellow gold represent the brand’s icon of luck and its constant repetition of its nature and floral aesthetic. 

Discover Van Cleef & Arpels’ Vintage and Magic Alhambra additions…

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ Vintage and Magic Alhambra additions are now available at all Van Cleef & Arpels’ boutiques across the world.

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels extends its Rose de Noël collection

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Maison Van Cleef & Arpels is blossoming with the expansion of an iconic collection, complete with floral creations that showcase heritage and luxury savoir-faire…

Coveted jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels has unveiled the newest must-haves in its 1970-inspired collection, aptly titled Rose de Noël. The Maison’s constantly reoccurring nature and floral theme – also seen in the Diamond Breeze and Two Butterfly collections – has blossomed over into a  jewellery set made up of pendants, earrings and clips, adorned with deep black onyx, red carnelian and rich lapis lazuli.

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ Rose de Noël clip pendant, brooche and pair of earrings in 18k yellow gold, diamonds and lapis lazuli.

Expertly injecting the brand’s craftsmanship into the collection with asymmetrical petals, each stone is carefully cut into shape, polished and then hand-placed based on colours, sizes, angles and heights.

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ Rose de Noël clip pendant, brooche – also availble as a pair of earrings, in 18k yellow gold, diamonds and black onyx.

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ Rose de Noël clip pendant, brooche – also availble as a pair of earrings, in 18k yellow gold, diamonds and red carnelian .

The Van Cleef & Arpels’ Rose de Noël collection, wich is also availble in other precious versions, like Mother of Pearl, Jade and others, is sitting pretty at the brand’s boutiques across the world.

 

 

 

February Birthstone: Amethyst

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Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.  Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. It has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.

Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

Boucheron Amethyst Gold Band Ring

Boucheron Amethyst Gold Band Ring

 

Verdura Pebble Amethyst Bracelet 18k Yellow Gold Purple

Verdura ‘Pebble’ Amethyst Bracelet

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David Webb amethyst, diamond and emerald ring

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Cartier 18kt yellow gold, amethyst and turquoise Menotte ring

 

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels ‘VCA’ 18k yellow gold amethyst & diamond ring

 

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Purple amethyst engagement rings are said to promote happiness, contentment and peace. If you and your partner value a calm relationship, free from tension and disagreement, an amethyst ring might be a style to consider. Amethyst is the birthstone for February, and thus would be extra meaningful for those born in the month.

 

 

 

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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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. 

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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.