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Alhambra works like a charm for Van Cleef & Arpels
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Alhambra works like a charm for Van Cleef & Arpels

Monday, 09 November 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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Four sautoir necklaces join the Alhambra collection, each an interpretation of the lucky-charm motif in materials teeming with life. They are accompanied by a ring in guilloché yellow gold and a jewellery watch, expressing the timeless elegance of this icon of Van Cleef & Arpels.

The Sweet Alhambra jewelry watch seems entirely consecrated to light. A round the guilloché dial, the bracelet alternates radiant motifs in guilloché rose gold and pink mother-of-pearl. Appearing for the first time in the Alhambra collect ion, the latter material has been chosen for its natural pink color with silky over tones. The mother-of-pearl motifs have been carefully matched, before being delicately polished to create a shiny sur face. Guilloché rose gold is also making its debut in the Alhambra collection; the engraving gleams as it catches the light. The hours thus slip by with a sparkle on this jewel that tell s the Time.

Jewelry Magic Alhambra earrings © Van Cleef & Arpels
Jewelry Magic Alhambra earrings © Van Cleef & Arpels

Faithful to Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of excellence, the Alhambra collect ion reflects all the expertise of a High Jewelry Maison. Different crafts have come together for each piece, ranging from the lapidary to the jeweler, from the stone-setter to the polisher. In keeping with the Maison’s standards, the mother-of-pearl and hard stone motifs are intricately cut and polished, before being matched to create harmonious sets. Like the guilloché motifs, they take their places inside an elegantly beaded mount, as if within a precious case.

Magic Alhambra long necklace © Van Cleef & Arpels
Magic Alhambra long necklace © Van Cleef & Arpels

These golden contours have been carefully reworked by hand by master jewelers, before the prongs – rounded for a softer feel – are bent down to hold the motifs delicately in place. A final polish then illuminates the beauty of the ensemble. In all, about fifteen stages of selection, crafting and checking succeed one another, resulting in a unique piece that will stand the test of time.

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