In 2022, jewel tones and bold hues are gaining popularity, as are statement necklaces with iconic gemstones. And Van Cleef is showcasing their best with their newest collection of classic high jewelry.
In July, Van Cleef collaborated with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris for a special exhibition showcasing the “journey of precious stones.” This collection was designed to show the intersection of art and science– and place an emphasis on gemology.
Far from just showing off beautiful styles, the Van Cleef pendants and accessories showed off the beauty of crafting gemstones into works of art. The idea of the exhibit was not merely to show Van Cleef’s artisan work, but also to show how integral the connection between science and art is.
This stunning showcase wowed with gold and gemstone pieces– but most importantly, in its scope. In many ways, Van Cleef is proving it’s not only still relevant in 2022 but it renewed interest in how high jewelry is made.
Of course, you don’t have to be in Paris to enjoy Van Cleef’s workmanship. In this guide, I’ll tell you what you need to know about Van Cleef necklaces and provide some of my favorite picks for 2022.
What is Van Cleef?
Van Cleef & Arpels, most commonly known simply as Van Cleef, is a French luxury brand. Though they’re known for their jewelry, they also sell perfume and watches. Founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and father-in-law Salomon Arpels, the company was passed down generations and became prominent by opening stores within popular holiday destinations within France.
But the crowning achievement that really put Van Cleef in high esteem wasn’t until 1925, where a ruby and diamond bracelet was awarded top honors at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts.
Van Cleef Necklaces: My Picks under $10,000
Now that I’ve told you what you need to know before purchasing a Van Cleef necklace, here are my favorite ideas. To make my selections, I consider how unique the style of the necklace is if the style is likely to hold up over time, and the quality of the design itself. Rather than sorting my collection, I’ve made my choices from least to most expensive. With a brand as expensive as Van Cleef, it’s important to understand pricing before falling in love with a design. At the same time, I also wanted to point out a diversity of styles, so you can see the breadth of what Van Cleef has to offer.
Here are my ideas for Van Cleef necklaces/ pendants in 2022, sorted from least to most expensive. All of my picks are under $10,000- which can still buy you some iconic options. Of course, there are higher diamond and gemstone carats the more expensive you go.
$1,450 will get you the most affordable pendant from Van Cleef. This light and sweet design are unlikely to ever go out of style, featuring a mother-of-pearl center stone with a yellow gold clasp. The petite design still makes a statement, but can easily be paired with pearl bracelets and earrings without making the style overwhelming. Available in the clover design or a butterfly motif. While not the most stunning pendant they sell, it may be the best value for the average customer. View the links listed.
Frivole Pendant, Mini Model
Yes, you can buy a large or regular-sized pendant of the same kind, but this Van Cleef pendant costs just $1,810, leaving you some money to spend on a chain for a beautiful pendant necklace. Meant to show the movement of flowers gently blowing in the breeze, mirror-polished gold exudes warmth, with beautifully crafted heart-shaped petals. The design includes a 0.05 carat, round cut accent diamond, set on yellow gold.
A bit more glamorous than the sweet version of this pendant, but still iconic, this pendant retails for $2,620. Available with an onyx or mother-of-pearl center stone, the classic clover motif is accented by yellow gold beads for luxurious, vintage-inspired detail. It’s another excellent buy for its versatility, brand name recognition, and sense of timelessness. For a higher price point (averaging $2,900) I also recommend the same style with tiger’s eye, carnelian, or malachite.