This December, we are pleased to include Van Cleef & Arpels’ white holiday collection – perfect inspiration for this festive season.
Van Cleef gives pride of place to one of its great traditions: white jewelry. Enthralled by the natural beauty of diamonds, Van Cleef has always celebrated them in timeless pieces that combine the glitter of the stones with that of precious white gold and platinum. Accentuated by this play of materials, the gems reveal their full brilliance.
This style – which was particularly in vogue during the Art Deco period and again in the 1950s and 1960s – has endured over the years, giving rise to some of the Maison’s emblematic creations. This year, the Snowflake necklace, punctuated with diamond flakes, stands alongside the Cosmos collection and the À Cheval High Jewelry pieces, which return to the spotlight on this occasion.
By combining the delicacy of lace with the grace of flowers, the Flowerlace collection brings together two historic sources of inspiration for Van Cleef & Arpels: nature and couture. The Flowerlace collection were inspired by jewels created in the 1930s and the 1940s. Most of them are clips representing interlaced ribbons highlighting precious materials worked like fabric.
Through the Flowerlace collection presented in 2007, the Fleurette blossoms in delicate diamond petals. This allowed the Maison to build on an existing icon to create an audacious look that combines the key themes.
Rings, pendants, clips earrings and necklaces are woven from these ethereal ribbons of white gold and diamonds.
The Cosmos collection was inspired by designs from the 1950s. A retail card dating from 1954 shows a four-leaf clover clip, the precursor of the Cosmos clip. Other archival visuals suggest that the first Cosmos pieces were made of woven gold. In 1981, Van Cleef & Arpels created the Cosmos clip in Mystery Set rubies. The generosity of its petals is perfectly rendered thanks to Van Cleef & Arpels’ unique technique. The aesthetic was also celebrated in advertising visuals from the 1980s, featuring the renowned slogan “There are signatures for which one cares”. The year 2001 opened a new chapter in the Cosmos story with new references of rings, pendants and earrings.
Timeless and feminine, the Snowflake collection is inspired by snow crystals – a source of inspiration for the Maison since the 1940s. Round diamonds come together to form sparkling motifs that delicately caress the skin. A necklace, a bracelet, a pendant, two rings and a pair of earrings evoke the glitter of snow on a winter landscape.
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