As any lover of gemstones will know, Van Cleef & Arpels is a name that evokes a rich history and a long-standing tradition of using only the finest precious and semi-precious stones.
The Maison has earned worldwide renown through its strict and meticulous selection process, which yields stunning gemstones ready to be used as lucid centrepieces. Essentially the company has achieved excellence by focusing on homogeneity and vivacity, consistently providing refined pieces, whilst still specialising in Pearl creations that effuse an irresistible lustre, wrapped in the finest Diamonds money can buy. Keeping abreast of their typically high artistic standard, Van Cleef & Arpels has offered a memorable contribution to the world of hand-polished modernist jewellery. It’s difficult to ignore the radiance of each piece, which shines with a sweet mixture of pastilles elegantly matched for the most beautiful colour. The effusion is created by masters of this craft, who take a gift from Mother Nature and enhance it with infinite skill, like a composer shaping a symphony.
Now we’re onto the subject of jewellery expertise, let’s take a closer look at the precision and meticulous technical skill on display in these pictures. The bold gold chain you see below flows seamlessly into the hand-shaped design of the pendant, evincing the kind of delicate artistry that belongs to only the virtuosos of this craft. The distinctive adornment of glittering precious metal, matched with the pastilles of different gemstones, is perfect for drawing the idea to those show-stealing, centred Diamonds, held in closed settings. With geometrical neatness reminiscent of early Art Deco, these designs are both supple and flexible brought together using seemingly disparate components. The final result epitomises the Bouton d’Or Collection and upholds the Maisons already sterling reputation.
We love how these curiously unique pieces marry tradition and modernity, using an abstract paillette motif to truly surprise the eye. Similar designs appeared in the Maison’s archives, around 1939, and yet the fresh pastille of gleaming Yellow Gold serves to renew the aesthetic. Each creation is enriched with fluid, sinuous detailing specific to couture. Now Van Cleef & Arpels has brought a symbol of femininity to the fore with the rare stone, Chrysoprase, which is beautified with distinctive green shades. These wonderful stones shine from translucent to semi-opaque, belonging to the Chalcedony family, with glimpses of Nickel peeking through the body colour. They glow with organic natural tones that contain a microcrystalline world of mysterious wonder.
It says a lot about the sophistication and class of Van Cleef & Arpels that they opted to use one of the oldest known stones, once worn by Alexander the Great – a stone so precious it should be stored in a fabric-lined box and kept away from other jewellery. It just so happens that Chrysoprase (pictured above at the centre of this ring) also possesses a fleeting, yet incomparably vivid colour, which will sadly start to fade if it’s in contact with too much sunlight.