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Sous Les Étoiles

Last week, the famed French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled its new high jewelry collection, Sous Les Étoiles, during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. It’s a magnificent exploration of the wonders of the stars, sky, and galaxies near and far with 150 breathtaking works across styles, from dramatic necklaces to timepieces.

Celestial phenomena have always fascinated Van Cleef & Arpels designers, going all the way back to the beginning. In 1907, the sale of a star-shape brooch in pearls and diamonds was mentioned in one of the maison’s first accounting ledgers.

It’s been a decade or so since VCA last turned to celestial inspiration points, with 2010’s Les Voyages Extraordinaires, which drew on themes from four of Jules Verne’s novels including De la Terre à la Lune (From the Earth to the Moon). Sous Les Étoiles is intended to be a continuation of the maison’s odyssey through space and time, as it reaches for ever more challenging—and infinitely intriguing—source material to inform its designs.

“The maison has always been interested in the instant where observing nature encounters poetry and the imagination,” explains Nicolas Bos, president and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels. “For this new collection, we wanted to prolong the adventure that began with Jules Verne, by exploring the literary and scientific tradition of which his work forms a part. It led us to the classical author Lucian of Samosata imagining a voyage in space, to Johannes Kepler and his inspirational text The Dream, or Lunar Astronomy—written in the early 17th century—and to Camille Flammarion, who published his wonderfully illustrated Astronomie populaire in 1880.”

A variety of astronomical entities and phenomena—and key pieces from the maison’s archives—lend their unique forms to the jewels. The necklace below is an homage to Halley’s Comet, visible from Earth every 75 years. Representing the head of the comet, typically formed by ice, gas, and dust, is an antique fancy vivid yellow diamond trailing rays of white and yellow diamonds in a glorious blaze. In keeping with the maison’s tradition of transformable pieces, the central yellow diamond can be removed and secured in a ring with a similar design.

Halley necklace in 18k white gold

Halley necklace in 18k white gold with 11.29 ct. fancy vivid yellow diamond and 3.36 cts. t.w. white diamonds, price on request. Ring with interchangeable motifs also available, price on request.

A buttercup yellow, oval-cut sapphire from Sri Lanka weighing more than 50 cts. stands in for the sun in the Helios necklace below.

Helios transformable long necklace

Helios transformable long necklace in 18k white gold with 50.38 ct. yellow sapphire, diamonds, and cultured pearls. The necklace can be worn in three possible lengths—with or without the tassel—or as a diadem. At hip: Saturne clip in 18k white and yellow gold with diamonds. Prices on request. (Photo: Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm)

The spiral-shape Antennae galaxies that collide with each other and comingle their stars and nebulae a mere 45 million light years away from Earth are captured in remarkable reversible necklace.

Inspired by pieces created by Van Cleef & Arpels between the 1930s and 1950s, one side conceals a loop of diamonds and blue sapphires beneath a glittering knot clasp at front.

Antennae reversible necklace

Antennae reversible necklace in 18k white gold with 417.33 cts. t.w. cushion-cut and oval-cut sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, price on request

When the flip side of. the necklace is worn, the knot is fastened in the back. It took Van Cleef & Arpels’ gemologists over two years to assemble the remarkable sapphires featured in the design, which range from pale pink to intense violet.

Antennae reversible necklace in 18k white gold

Antennae reversible necklace in 18k white gold with 417.33 cts. t.w. cushion-cut and oval-cut sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, price on request

Here are just a few more highlights from this spectacular rhapsody on the cosmos, including an homage to the Milky Way and a timepiece featuring a Christiaan van der Klaauw planetarium module (a planetarium is a complication that shows the relative position of the solar system around the sun, taking into account the different speeds at which its planets orbit).

Ciel de Minuit necklace

Ciel de Minuit necklace in 18k gold with lapis lazuli, diamonds, and sapphires, price on request

Planetarium high jewelry watch

Planetarium high jewelry watch in 18k white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold with colored sapphires, spessartite garnets, black spinels, aventurine, pink mother-of-pearl, turquoise, enamel, and diamonds, and self-winding mechanical movement with a Christiaan van der Klaauw planetarium module, price on request

Galilée between-the-finger ring

Galilée between-the-finger ring in 18k white and rose gold with sapphires, turquoise, and diamonds, price upon request

Top: Céphéide earrings in 18k white gold with detachable pendants of 11.89 cts. t.w. baguette-cut tanzanites, tsavorite garnets, mauve sapphires, and diamonds 

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Need to know Van Cleef & Arpels

 

Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels, the French luxury jewellery maison, began life at Place Vendôme in Paris in 1906. The house was born from the marriage of  Alfred Van Cleef to Estelle Arpels, who had wed in 1885.

Estelle Arpels, fortuitously, was the daughter of a dealer in precious stones and Alfred Van Cleef was the son of a craftsman and diamond broker. Clearly, it was meant to be. It would be Estelles’ brothers who would partner with Alfred Van Cleef in the beginning to open a boutique at 22 Place Vendome. As a result, this address, now iconic in the world of jewellery, is where Van Cleef & Arpels headquarters has remained since.

Arche solaire bracelet

Arche solaire bracelet. White gold, 41 oval-cut pink sapphires for 57.98 carats (Madagascar), mauve sapphires, coral, diamonds.

Over the subsequent hundred plus years since conception,Van Cleef & Arpels has earned a lengthy list of high jewellery, watch and even fragrance accolades.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the house adopted the lines and designs of the burgeoning Art Deco movement.  Egyptian, Japanese, Chinese and Indian inspirations were explored following the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and a subsequent popularity for orientalism in Europe.

Nébuleuse clip

Nébuleuse clip. White gold, rose gold, one troidia-cut spessartite garnet of 8.18 carats, mauve sapphires, onyx, diamonds.

heir first secret watch was created  in 1923, which was platinum and diamond. Two years later this watch was awarded the Grand Prize at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris for its Roses bracelet, which was set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds.

A couple of years later Renée Puissant, who was the daughter of the founding couple, became the Maison’s Artistic Director in collaboration with designer René-Sim Lacaze in 1926. Why were they so successful? Because their aesthetic was bold, distinctive and full of imagination.  This style became instantly recognisable as uniquely Van Cleef & Arpels. Added do that, it was on their watches that numerous designs, now iconic, came to be. Examples include the fabled Cadenas watch, as well as the Minaudière, the Passe-Partout and the Mystery Set™.

As an example, the Minaudière was launched in 1933, a beauty compact that was designed practically to perfection and inspired by Florence Jay Gould. The Mystery Set, which is trademarked, was created the same year and involved setting precious stones in a way that caused the metal to become invisible. Lastly, in 1935 the Cadenas watch made its debut. It was a wristwatch with a dual snake chain bracelet, a clasp akin to a padlock. Notably, its angled dial offered a discreet way to read the time.

Subsequently special orders were placed by Edward VIII who was a huge fan. For Wallis Simpson’s 40th birthday in 1936 he ordered a Cravate necklace as well as a ruby and diamond bracelet. Additionally t Edward VIII bought a Houx clip made of Mystery Set rubies.

The remainder of the 1930s saw the creation of two new designs. Firstly the Peony double clip and secondly the Passe-Partout, these were the first transformable pieces created by the Maison. The house also created the jewellery for the wedding of Princess Fawzia of Egypt.

Into the 1940s came the first ballerina and fairy clips, which became something of a Van Cleef & Arpels tradition. Expansion outside of Europe followed  with the opening of a New York boutique, opened at 744 Fifth Avenue. The end of the decade welcomed a man’s watch designed by Pierre Arpels, initially for his own use.

Special orders by the Maharani of Baroda came in 1950. That same year the Zip necklace made its debut. This was an original design that had been in existence since 1938, but it was now finally perfected. While a series of animal clips formed part of a new and affordable range that lent itself more to a ready to wear collection.

Further highlights came in 1956. Prince Rainier III of Monaco offered his bride, Grace Kelly, a pearl and diamond jewellery ensemble from the house. Furthermore the Maison became the official supplier to the Principality of Monaco. Throughout the 1960s, the house created unique pieces that were specially ordered by leading names such as Barbara Hutton, Princess Grace of Monaco and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran.

Céphéide necklace

Céphéide necklace with detachable clip. White gold, 11 cabochon-cut chalcedony for 159.72 carats, 21 baguette-cut tanzanites for 30.16 carats, mauve sapphires, tsavorite garnets, diamonds.

A meeting with George Balanchine, co founder of the New York City Ballet led to Jewels, a ballet dedicated to precious stones which debuted in April 1967. The ballet’s three acts were titled Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds, and set to music by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, respectively.

The first Alhambra long necklace, inspired by the four leaf clover, and instantly recognisable as a house design today, came to life in 1968. It would evolve over the years in various guises but had been inspired initially by the hippie movement.

The 1980s saw a further foray into its Snowflake collections, which had originally begun life in the 1920s. Various exhibitions and retrospectives followed, as did two new patented techniques. One using hexagonally cut stones, the other designed for diamonds. In 1992 The Musée de la Mode et du Costume held an exhibition dedicated to Van Cleef & Arpels. In honour of the occasion, the house created a Mystery Set ensemble entitled Galliera, which featured a total of 1,717 rubies, cut one by one!

Another celebratory moment came in 2000 and the millennium clip, a dual design set with rubies and diamonds. And to mark its 100th anniversary, the Maison manufactured 11 unseen pieces based on sketches made between the 1920s and the 1960s.

Halley necklaceHalley necklace and ring with interchangeable motifs. White gold, yellow gold, one pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond of 11.29 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 3.26 carats, yellow and white diamonds.

Ballet was to be a recurring theme as, in 2007, the house drew on its collaboration with choreographer George Balanchine to create a collection in four chapters: ballet, emerald, ruby and diamond.

A string of exhibitions would follow during the next decade: “The Spirit of Beauty” exhibition at Tokyo’s Mori Arts Center. “Set in Style” an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. “Timeless Beauty” was an exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), China. “Van Cleef & Arpels, L’Art de la Haute Joaillerie” at the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs. “The Art and Science of Gems” exhibition took place at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. “Van Cleef & Arpels, When Elegance Meets Art” exhibition at the Today Art Museum in Beijing. Lastly, the “Van Cleef & Arpels: Time, Nature, Love” exhibition at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy.

And there would be new launches, the Palais de la chance® High Jewelry collection, Le Secret High Jewelry collection, the Quatre contes de Grimm High Jewelry collection, the Treasure of rubies High Jewelry collection and the Romeo & Juliet High Jewelry collection.

 

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Parisian high jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels’ new Diamond Breeze collection takes inspiration from the sacred lotus

  • The latest Diamond Breeze collection draws on the lotus, symbolic in Chinese culture, sacred to Hinduism and Buddhism, and the national flower of India and Vietnam
  • VCA has worked with artists Fideli Sundqvist and Erik Madigan Heck, and architects and designers Kim Haddou, Florent Dufourcq, Céline Thibault and Géraud Pellottiero

Diamond Breeze

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Diamond Breeze collection celebrates fresh creativity every winter, with 2021 returning to a common source of inspiration for the brand: the lotus flower. Photos: VCA

The beautiful, serene lotus flower has a uniquely powerful cultural resonance across Asia. Cultivated in the region for thousands of years, it is a symbol of longevity in Chinese culture, a sacred bloom in Hinduism and Buddhism, and the national flower of both India and Vietnam.

Storied Parisian high jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels has long been fascinated by the lotus, using it as a source of inspiration for its pieces since an Egyptian-themed line created in the 1920s. Each winter, the house unveils its Diamond Breeze collection of pieces inspired by the beauty of nature and veiled by a blanket of snow, and this year the lotus takes centre stage, as Van Cleef & Arpels showcases a set of three spectacular new lotus pieces – a between-the-finger ring, a pendant and a pair of earrings – that reinterpret that vintage inspiration for the 21st century.

the finger ring with four flowers

The maison made its first lotus-inspired between-the-finger ring in 2001, and it redesigned the piece in 2017 with a clever system that allows it to be worn in a number of different ways, making it feel like several rings in one.

The latest iteration of this delightful piece features four lotus flowers picked out in white gold and diamonds, sloping upwards as if a gentle breeze is playing across them.

lotus flower pendant

Dazzling: the Diamond Breeze collection’s lotus flower pendant in white gold and diamonds.

Along similar lines, the pendant from the new collection features three flowers, all of different sizes, that shimmer on the neck thanks to the twinkling diamonds and their openworked setting. The earrings, meanwhile, also feature three asymmetrical flowers each, one of which is suspended artfully away from the skin, with bead and prong setting techniques elevating their glittering impact.

Lotus earrings

The lotus is not the only flower to have provided Van Cleef & Arpels with inspiration over the years. In fact, the house has drawn on a dazzling array of different blooms in the decades since a daisy first appeared on a clip dating back to 1907, including buttercups, camellias, chrysanthemums, fuchsias, anemones, lilies of the valley, violets and bellflowers.

Van Cleef & Arpels has also long recognised the ways in which its pieces complement, and are enhanced by, creative works from a variety of other fields. With this in mind, it has regularly joined forces for the Diamond Breeze collection with a select group of artists, designers and interior architects, giving them the opportunity to reinterpret the maison’s pieces as they see fit, in the process adding whole new dimensions. Those partners have included the likes of paper artist Fideli Sundqvist, photographer and painter Erik Madigan Heck, interior architect duo Kim Haddou and Florent Dufourcq, and textiles/interiors duo Céline Thibault and Géraud Pellottiero.

nature themed

For the current iteration of the collection, the house has teamed up with Helen Amy Murray, a British artist renowned for her sculptures using soft materials such as leather and textiles, who is designing decorative tableaus for the company’s boutique windows. Murray has worked extensively with Van Cleef & Arpels before, designing large colourful panels for its outlets in Paris, London and New York, and her inviting, tactile work makes a fitting companion to a graceful, enticing new jewellery collection.

 

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ dazzling new high jewellery collection pays tribute to its most famous clients

The spectacular trio of designs have been made using some of the rarest jewels sourced from around the world

Anuschka Blommers

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS HIGH JEWELLERYAnuschka Blommers

Each year, Van Cleef & Arpels unveils two extraordinary high jewellery collections, one revolving around a fairytale narrative, the other placing its focus on the house’s exquisite gemstones.

For 2020, the French jeweller’s gem-orientated collection, titled Homage to High Jewellery on Place Vendôme, spotlights archival designs worn by its most glamorous clients, with the big three gemstones – diamonds, emeralds and rubies – taking centre stage.

ARPELS EARRINGS

THE VAN CLEEF & ARPELS EARRINGS THAT COMPLEMENT THE MERVEILLES D’ÉMERAUDES NECKLACE

First, the Merveille d’émeraudes necklace, inspired by a 1929 collaret belonging to Princess Fawzia of Egypt. The original design, which features 10 pear-shape emerald pendants from a geometric mount set entirely with diamonds, was added to the Van Cleef & Arpels collection in 2014. In an ode to this prized necklace, this new piece is cut with five Columbian emerald droplets that total 70.40 carats and come adorned with diamond-encrusted ribbons.

THE RUBIS EN SCÈNE BRACELET

THE RUBIS EN SCÈNE BRACELET

Van Cleef’s new Rubis en scène bracelet, meanwhile, boasts a head-turning display of richly-hued rubies and diamonds in homage to the Jarretière bracelet famously worn by Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich to the Oscars in 1951 and, in Alfred Hitchcock’s murder mystery Stage Fright. Beautifully sculpted into two half-moons, the Rubis en scène bracelet is set with 72 cushion-cut Burmese rubies that add up to 84.74 carats. While, a base layer of diamonds add an extra touch of decadence to this historic design.

HIGH JEWELLERYAnuschka Blommers

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS HIGH JEWELLERYAnuschka Blommers

Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, fashion’s First Lady and one of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most devoted clients, was the inspiration behind the final piece, the Tendresse étincelante earrings, which echo a pair given to her in 1968 as a wedding gift by Aristotle Onassis. These original diamond-set floral earrings are reborn in white gold with detachable droplet-shape diamond pendants, each Type IIA, D colour and flawless and weigh just over 10 carats.

THE TENDRESSE ÉTINCELANTE EARRINGS

THE TENDRESSE ÉTINCELANTE EARRINGS

A dazzling trio of designs, Homage to High Jewellery on Place Vendôme is an exceptional ode to the Maison’s rich history that captivates with the age-old appeal of some of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most iconic creations.

THE MERVEILLE D’ÉMERAUDES NECKLACE

THE MERVEILLE D’ÉMERAUDES NECKLACE

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Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry at Paris Fashion Week: Everything to Know About the New Collection

white diamonds

In Paris this week Van Cleef & Arpels paid a special tribute to the beauty of their unique jewelry. Showcasing a set of exquisite white diamonds, celebrating their color, brilliance as well as their journey of unrivalled excellence. Every piece in the collection tells a story – the legend of diamonds. Originally, in 2018 when the maison encountered a rough diamond, named the Lesotho Legend – inspired by the original discovery, the second chapter was born. White diamond variations were showcased in Paris this week to demonstrate the permanent place diamonds hold in the maison’s jewelry. Every iconic piece stands on its own as an emblematic statement to the world of luxury.

 

Envol de Diamants necklace

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The distinctive pieces in this collection are the necklaces, paying homage to the Fifties, a glamorous decade that continues to inspire years of reference in the maison’s collections. Each diamond in the Envol de Diamants necklace speaks to the opulence of what couture means to the maison. Nature, birds, chokers and bold baguettes fill this assortment of jewels, formulating the perfect ode to diamonds.

Legend of the Diamond is rich in heritage and demonstrates the maison’s attachment to couture, showing every piece has its own identity.  The maison has focused on retracing pastimes with one-of-a-kind pieces that stand synonymously with history. The reinterpretation of the maison’s style reflects different eras and artistic trends that connect seamlessly to the past.

Legend of the Diamond

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The History of the Iconic Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection

Iconic Van Cleef & Arpels

In the first half of the 1950s, infamous French fine jewellery house, Van Cleef & Arpels recognised the need to create more accessible fine jewellery pieces for a new generation of women. It launched ‘La Boutique’ in Paris in 1954, and soon found a voracious appetite for semi-precious jewellery pieces that could be worn as daytime adornments, rather than alongside formal evening attire. Of all the jewellery motifs created by Van Cleef & Arpels in this era, perhaps the most widely acknowledged and emblematic of the house is the Alhambra, which was first unveiled in 1968.

VINTAGE ALHAMBRA

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, DIAMOND NECKLACE, ‘VINTAGE ALHAMBRA’. 

The Alhambra is a talismanic design inspired by the four leaf clover and reminiscent of traditional Moorish quatrefoil (a framework pattern consisting of four overlapping circles). In fact, the collection is said to be named after the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, which boasts a number of sweeping archways.

ALHAMBRA NECKLACES

PRINCESS GRACE OF MONACO WAS FREQUENTLY PHOTOGRAPHED WEARING HER ALHAMBRA NECKLACES IN THE 1970S. PHOTO BY ANWAR HUSSEIN/GETTY IMAGES  

The first Alhambra design was an opera-length necklace punctuated with 20 clover-shaped motifs crafted with the design’s signature beaded edges. As the 1960s made way for the 1970s, the design became hugely popular among celebrity clients, who layered many Alhambra necklaces of different sizes and with different gemstone combinations for the quintessential daytime look. The American actress Grace Kelly, who later went on to become Princess Grace of Monaco, was a long-time devotee of Van Cleef & Arpels and a collector of Alhambra necklaces in coral, malachite, rock crystal, tortoise shell. She regularly wore two or three at any one time, with the addition of an Alhambra pendant to make the look her own.

MAGIC ALHAMBRA ESTIMATE

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, PAIR OF MALACHITE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, ‘MAGIC ALHAMBRA’. 

During its 50-year history, the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra has been almost continually refreshed and revised, making it one of the house’s most collectable fine jewellery motifs. Each decade saw the introduction of new semi-precious and precious gemstones, such as carnelian, agate, onyx, tiger’s eye and turquoise, as well as feminine mother-of-pearl, diamonds and sky blue chalcedony, in special capsule collections each with their own spin on the Alhambra motif, such as Magic Alhambra, Sweet Alhambra, Pure Alhambra, Lucky Alhambra and Byzantine Alhambra, to name a few.

LUCKY ALHAMBRA BUTTERFLY

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, MOTHER OF PEARL PENDANT NECKLACE, ‘LUCKY ALHAMBRA BUTTERFLY’

There’s also the Vintage Alhambra collection in bois d’amourette, also known as letterwood, which has a flecked reddish-brown appearance. To produce this facet of the Alhambra collection, Van Cleef & Arpels relied on the skills of a traditional cabinet maker and inlayer.

VINTAGE ALHAMBRA ESTIMATE

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, MALACHITE NECKLACE, ‘VINTAGE ALHAMBRA’.

Thanks to the continued popularity and varied iterations of the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection (covering necklaces, rings, bracelets and even watches), the motif has become an instantly recognisable symbol of the brand and the message of good luck and good fortune at its heart.

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Icons Of Design – Van Cleef & Arpels

Remarkably, this legendary Parisian master jeweller is still located at 22 Place Vendome, where in 1906, Alfred Van Cleef, son of a diamond broker and cutter, and his brothers-in-law, Charles, Julien and later Louis Arpels, opened a small boutique. In 1895, Alfred Van Cleef had married Estelle Arpels, daughter of a dealer in precious stones. The business remained in the family for decades – Julien’s sons, Claude, Jacques and Pierre gradually took over, through the late 1930s and 1940s, expanding the business around the world. While from 1926 to 1942 Alfred and Estelle’s daughter, Renée Puissant was artistic director, working with designer René Sim Lacaze.

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Van Cleef & Arpels’s signature style developed through the 20th century, shaped by diverse influences – nature, orientalism, couture, ballet and an imaginary world of fairytale and fantasy – as well as by technical ingenuity and the quest for superb gemstones of character and charm.

Their stellar clientele included the royal families of Egypt and Iran, Princess Grace of Monaco, movie stars from Marlene Dietrich to Elizabeth Taylor, and fashion leaders such as the Duchess of Windsor and Daisy Fellowes. Today, jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels, both from the past and present, are frequently seen at auction, on the red carpet and fabulous women around the world.

Mystery Set Floral Brooches

Mystery Set Floral Brooches

This technique of virtuoso gem-cutting and setting was patented in 1933. Each stone was specially cut and calibrated, each with a side groove, and then inserted, one by one, onto a framework of gold rails to create a mosaic, with no metal visible from the front. Rubies were the first and most popular stones used in this way followed by sapphires and emeralds (notoriously difficult to cut). The dazzling effect was to flood the surface of the jewel with intense, velvety colour, which lent itself to floral and foliate designs, notably the famous double holly leaf brooch, given by the Duke of Windsor to Wallis Simpson for Christmas 1936, and sold by Sotheby’s in the milestone 1987 auction of the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor; and the poetic chrysanthemum brooch, 1937, now in the Van Cleef & Arpels collection.

Zip Necklace

Zip Necklace

ACTRESS MARGOT ROBBIE WORE A ZIP NECKLACE TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS IN 2015.  

The idea for a necklace inspired by the new zip fastener was suggested by the Duchess of Windsor, around 1938, to Renée Puissant, Artistic Director of Van Cleef & Arpels and her designer, René Sim Lacaze. World War intervened, and the first Zip necklace was created in 1951. The perfect marriage of design and technology, it opened and closed exactly like a zipper, through interlocking gold teeth, and could be worn either open as a necklace or fastened as a bracelet.

In both cases the zipper was edged in intricate goldwork, accented with gemstones and pulled by a luscious gem-bead or gold chain tassel. One of the most thrillingly innovative Van Cleef & Arpels signatures, the Zip necklace demonstrated the influence of Parisian couture on the Maison, and also its speciality of transformable jewels. The Zip necklace, in various permutations, continues to be made today.

Cadenas

Cadenas

A CONTEMPORARY EXAMPLE OF THE CARDENAS WATCH SOLD IN HONG KONG FOR MORE THAN $40,000.

Once again, the Duchess of Windsor – or perhaps the Duke – had a hand in suggesting the idea for this 20th century design icon, first made in 1935. Based on the padlock, with its machine-age flavour and strong, architectural silhouette, contrasting with the sensual snake-chain bracelet, the design anticipated the retro or cocktail style of the late ‘30s and 40s.

CARDENAS WATCH

THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR WEARING HER CARDENAS WATCH WHILE ON A VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1941. PHOTO BY ALFRED EISENSTAEDT/THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES  

A sublime fusion of form and function, the tiny dial was set into the slanted inner plane of the lock, at an angle, so as to be glimpsed effortlessly, elegantly and above all, discreetly, by the wearer. While the padlock motif doubled as the bracelet clasp. The Cadenas became the height of chic; Duke of Windsor ordered the watch in 1938, and actress Paulette Goddard, an avid jewellery collector, bought a white gold and diamond version in 1940.

Alhambra

Alhambra

PRINCESS GRACE OF MONACO WAS FREQUENTLY PHOTOGRAPHED WEARING HER ALHAMBRA NECKLACES IN THE 1970S. PHOTO BY ANWAR HUSSEIN/GETTY IMAGES  

“To be lucky, you have to believe in luck,” said Jacques Arpels, and luck has been a recurring theme in Van Cleef &Arpels’ collections. In 1968, the Maison launched a sautoir ornamented with 20 little gold four-leaf clover motifs, edged in beaded or “perlé” gold. Called Alhambra in reference to architectural elements of the famous Moorish city fortress, that resembled the clover motif, it also tapped into the prevailing mood of exoticism and hippie-luxe. While the long, loose, casual necklace captured the spirit of the ages, freedom and social and cultural revolution.

Since then the Alhambra, endlessly versatile, has appeared in so many forms, sizes, permutations and materials, the sweet little clover rendered in white or black mother-of-pearl, minerals, including malachite, lapis lazuli, onyx, tiger-s eye, or textured pink gold. The Alhambra sautoir was famously worn in the 1970s by celebrities including Francoise Hardy, Romy Schneider and Princess Grace of Monaco. Today the Alhambra is enjoying a massive revival as an enduring contemporary classic.

 

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These 21 Affordable Amazon Jewelry Pieces Keep Selling Out

Affordable Amazon Jewelry

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An outfit isn’t truly complete without some jewelry. A great pair of earrings can really bring your look together. Some effortlessly layered necklaces can give you that cool girl sophistication. A stack of bracelets could be just what you need to elevate your ensemble. And, we can’t forget about the rings. Unfortunately, we don’t have an unlimited jewelry budget, but we don’t even need to spend much thanks to Amazon.

There are so many affordable styles that look so much more expensive than they actually are. We tracked down the best-selling, most highly reviewed jewelry on Amazon just to make the shopping easier for you. You’re welcome.

1.Pavoi 14K Gold Colored Lightweight Chunky Open Hoops

A simple pair of hoop earrings are the perfect way to top off any outfit. These small hoop earrings are lightweight for comfortable everyday wear. They’re available with white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold finishes. The earrings are hypoallergenic, made from nickel with a stainless steel post.

These are loved by more than 26,600+ Amazon customers who left 5-star reviews. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore had these earrings in her list of festive fashions. Summer House star Paige DeSorbo included these earrings in her roundup of Amazon fashion recommendations and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski has recommended them as well. Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent mentioned these earrings in her list of fashion must-haves. 

Pavoi 14K Gold Colored Lightweight Chunky Open Hoops

2.Trendsmax Initial A-Z Letter Pendant Necklace

Monogrammed jewelry is always a thoughtful gift. You can wear your own initial or a letter in honor of a loved one. This gold-plated initial necklace is perfect for everyday wear or for a special occasion on men and women.

These pendant necklaces have 25,200+ five-star Amazon reviews, with one shopper raving, “Wow! I’m sure you’ve seen these on TikTok at some point and are not sure if u should order… DO IT! it’s such good quality for the price, it doesn’t tarnish, and people have even felt it and asked if it was real gold cuz it has a weight to it. I literally don’t take it off for anything, gym or shower, and it’s still perfect. get asked where it’s from all the time 🙂 also great matching gift for boyfriend or friend.” Another said, “I like this necklace! I can and have been wearing it in the shower and no issues. It’s made well!”

Trendsmax Initial A-Z Letter Pendant Necklace

3.Cocadant 3 Pairs Big Hoop Earrings

Cocadant 3 Pairs Big Hoop Earrings

If you love big hoop earrings, but prefer a minimalist vibe, get this three-pair set, which includes gold, rose gold, and silver pairs. The earrings are hypoallergenic and now you’ll be prepared to accessorize any outfit. Lala Kent included this set in her list of Amazon fashion essentials. These jewelry pieces have 12,400+ five-star Amazon reviews.

4.Amazon Essentials Plated Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

Diamond studs are a style that will never got out style, for special events and for everyday wear. However, that timeless look can get pretty pricey. Instead, opt for these cubic zirconia stud earrings for a fraction of the price. They’re available in different sizes, cuts, and colors for just $11.

These studs have 11,600+ five-star Amazon reviews, with one customer sharing that she “got so many complements today on how real they look and so classy.” Another shopper wrote, “The quality is excellent. The stones are clear and have plenty of sparkle.”

5.BBTO 24 Pairs Stud Earrings

BBTO 24 Pairs Stud Earrings

24 pairs of earrings for $7 is an unfathomable deal. You will have so many chic options every single time you get ready with this pack of trendy and elegant stud earrings.

This set has 8,100+ 5-star Amazon reviews, with one shopper sharing, “These are great, they look more expensive than they are, and I got them both in gold and silver. What a bargain for the money!”

6.M MOOHAM Dainty Layered Initial Necklaces for Women

M MOOHAM Dainty Layered Initial Necklaces

These dainty layered necklaces have a paperclip-style chain and an adorable hexagon letter pendant in the middle. Get your own initial or a letter representing your significant other, child, or another special person in your life.

These necklaces have 17,500+ five-star reviews.

7.Pavoi 14K Gold Plated 3mm Cubic Zirconia Classic Tennis Bracelet

Cubic Zirconia Classic Tennis Bracelet

A sparkling tennis bracelet is the epitome of class, elegance…. and a high budget. However, you don’t need to break the bank to get that look. This bracelet is just $15 and it’s available in white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold finishes.

This bracelet has 10,900+ five-star amazon reviews.

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Affordable Jewelry

Cheap Amazon Jewelry That Looks Expensive!

Looking for cheap amazon jewelry that won’t break the bank?  You’ve come to the right place!  Today I’m rounding up my top cheap Amazon jewelry that still looks expensive!  I’m a huge jewelry lover, and if you’re reading this blog post, I’m going to assume you are as well.  I like having a mix or real and cheap/costume jewelry in my closet for a couple of reasons.

cheap amazon jewelry

Plain and simple, real jewelry is expensive

Let’s be honest, real jewelry is expensive!  Many investment pieces start around $500.  If I only purchased expensive pieces I’d only have 2-3 in my closet!  Personally, I like to have a wide range of options, so that’s why I turn to cheaper items.  I’m sure many of you can relate to this!

You don’t need to worry about losing or breaking cheap jewelry

I wear jewelry almost everywhere I go.  I don’t want to pull out my real jewelry for a day at the beach or a night out with my friends.  Mainly, for the risk of losing it.  I like to keep the expensive stuff for nice occasions, like date night or formal events.

Options, options, options

As mentioned above, you can purchase more cheap jewelry for the same price as one investment piece so that gives you more options!  I like to layer necklaces and stack bracelets.  Cheap jewelry gives me more options!

My Favourite Cheap Amazon Jewelry   

With all that said, let’s get into it!  Below I’ve summarized my favourite cheap amazon jewelry.  I’ve organized it by product type to make it easier if you’re looking for something specific!   I personally own a ton of necklaces and bracelets from amazon that I wear all the time.

NECKLACES

I wanted to start with necklaces, because without fail, I always have one on!  Necklaces are both an easy way to elevate a look, and are easy to mix and match with outfits if you opt for neutral colours.  I’ve rounded up my top picks that are all under $30.  A lot of these come in packs and are GREAT value!

NECKLACES

Necklaces Packs

  1) 20 PC of Necklaces

20 PC of Necklaces

2) Layering Necklace Pack

Layering Necklace Pack

3) Chocker Necklace Pack

Chocker Necklace Pack

4) Gold Necklace Pack

Gold Necklace Pack

Single Necklaces

1) Half Moon Necklace

Half Moon Necklace

2) Constellation Necklace 

Constellation Necklace

3) Personalized Name Necklace

Personalized Name Necklace

 

 

 

 

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Affordable Jewelry

6 Sophisticated Jewelry Pieces Under $50

Sophisticated Jewelry

The very first thing I bought with my own money was a cheap necklace from a mall chain store. It made me the happiest 12-year-old ever, but broke soon after. I’ve perused the bargain jewelry racks at all the great fast fashion stores, and I find that beautiful jewelry under $50 is my best bet. As an adult, I still love that bargain, but I want my jewelry to last, so I’m always looking for affordable sophisticated jewelry.

At 13, spending $50 on jewelry would’ve shocked me, but now I know the value of good jewelry that lasts. I always look for jewelry for cheap in the form of gold or silver plated jewelry pieces found online that won’t tarnish with wear, or earrings that are nickel-free and won’t irritate my skin. Before, I would’ve wanted the biggest faux-diamond cocktail ring I could find, but now I prefer a dainty stacking midi ring. I’ve even invested in my first 14-karat solid gold nameplate necklace.

I suppose that with age comes wisdom (and thankfully a few more dollars), so my jewelry collection reflects that. If you’re ready to move past spray painted baubles and leave costume jewelry behind, enter the world of sophisticated and affordable jewelry with this round up.

1. Dainty Natural Gold Leaf Necklace

Dainty Natural Gold Leaf Necklace

Simple Natural Gold Leaf Necklace, $17, Amazon

The delicate necklace is perfect for everyday wear.

2. Hand-Painted Leather Bracelet

Hand-Painted Leather Bracelet

Hand-painted Leather Bracelet , $28, Amazon

 

Skip mixing metals and go for something more artistic and hand-crafted like this bracelet.

3. Hammered Rose Gold Stacking Rings

Hammered Rose Gold Stacking Rings

Delicate Stacking Rings – Hammered 14K Rose Gold Fill , $9, Amazon

Delicate rings like these are easy enough to work with jewelry you already own.

4. Rose Gold and Blush Druzy Stud Earrings

Rose Gold and Blush Druzy Stud Earrings

10mm Blush Faux Druzy Stud Earrings, Rose Gold Tone , $14, Amazon

These would make a charming pair to add to your jewelry collection.

5. Delicate Initial Disc Necklace

Delicate Initial Disc Necklace

A Delicate Initial Disc Necklace Rose Gold Initial Necklace , $14, Amazon

Personalized jewelry always feels more special than regular jewelry anyone else could wear.

6. Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver or Gold Filled Wire Wrapped Ring

Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver or Gold Filled Wire Wrapped Ring

Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver or Gold Filled Wire Wrapped Ring , $15, Amazon

This ring is perfect for your inner mermaid.

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