Van Cleef & Arpels Les Ateliers Creations

 

                                                                                      

Crépuscule d’Orient earrings, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

Pink gold, round diamonds, amethyst beads, cabochon-cut pink coral

The Crepuscule d’Orient earrings from the High Jewelry Pierres de Caractère Variations is adorned with Corallium elatius, a precious coral from the Pacific. The pairing of amethyst beads required meticulous attention to obtain a completely even color.

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Crépuscule d’Orient necklace, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

Pink gold, round diamonds, amethyst beads, cabochon-cut pink coral

The motifs in pink gold set with diamonds of the Crepuscule d’Orient necklace suggest Oriental embroidery. They are complemented by amethyst beads and pear-shaped cabochon-cut pink corals. The combination of coral and amethyst was a recurring theme in the  Van Cleef & Arpels creations during the 1960s and 1970s such as the elegant 1970 Dodecanese set of Elizabeth Taylor.

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Crépuscule d’Orient earrings, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

White gold, round diamonds, cabochon-cut onyx

Inspired by the Far-East, the articulated floral motifs of the Crepuscule d’Orient earrings in white gold, round diamonds and cabochon-cut onyx recall Oriental embroidery.

Articulation is a jewelry technique used to connect different metal parts and render the piece as supple as a piece of fabric, and comfortable against the skin.

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Lotus d’Orient ring, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

White gold, round and pear-shaped diamonds, round sapphires, fluted chrysoprase and one 24.44-carat oval tourmaline (origin: Mozambique)

With the elegant spread of its leaves, the Lotus d’Orient ring, inpired by India, pays tribute to the lotus, sacred national flower of the country. This unique creation is crowned by a vivid blue-green tourmaline of 24.44 carats, remarkable for its rare hue and its purity.

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Gouache drawing of the Lotus d’Orient ring, Pierres de Caractères Variations collection

White gold, round and pear-shaped diamonds, round sapphires, fluted chrysoprase and one 24.44-carat oval tourmaline (origin: Mozambique)

The central tourmaline of the Lotus d’Orient ring is associated with the spring-like green of chrysoprase, carefully gadrooned to produce an enchanting textured effect. Along with the ring’s multi-level architecture, its bezel – fashioned like a garland of gold and diamonds – accentuates the beauty of the central stone.

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Craftsmanship of the Lotus d’Orient ring, Pierres de Caractères Variations collection

White gold, round and pear-shaped diamonds, round sapphires, fluted chrysoprase and one 24.44-carat oval tourmaline (origin: Mozambique)

The prong setting is finely detailed to echo the lotus petals. The prongs are set with sparkling diamonds, highlighting the clarity and color of the central tourmaline. This ring is structured on several levels to enhance the beauty of the central stone.

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Central stone of the Lotus d’Orient ring, Pierres de Caractères Variations collection

The 24.44 -carat tourmaline of the Lotus d’Orient ring

The remarkable tourmaline that crowns the Lotus d’Orient ring from the High Jewelry collection Pierres de Caractère Variations has a very intense blue-green color. As well as its exceptional size, this stone is extremely rare due to its origin from Mozambique, which produces very few tourmalines of this color.

An Egyptian legend relates that tourmaline’s various shades result from its long journey along a rainbow, from the center of the earth to the sun.

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Calice d’onyx ring, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

White and yellow gold, diamonds, cabochon-cut rubies, gadrooned onyx, emerald beads

The Calice d’onyx ring from the High Jewelry collection Pierres de Caractère Variations recalls the style of the 1970s, with the contrasting combination of vibrant colors and materials. The architecture of this creation echoes Van Cleef & Arpels’ heritage and creations from the 1930s and 1940s. The emerald beads and the onyx set in the cup demonstrate the Maison’s great craftsmanship.

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Gouache drawing of the Camaieu de Bleus ring, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

Yellow gold, round diamonds, carved rubellite and turquoise

The Lady’s Cocktail ring from the High Jewelry Pierres de Caractère collection is particular in that it features a daring combination of precious, fine and hard stones.

The Lady’s Cocktail ring presents alternating rows of diamonds and turquoise supporting an engraved rubellite – part of the multicolored family of tourmalines – that gives volume to this creation.

The perfectly regular prongs radiate up from the ring shank in a display of meticulous craftsmanship.

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Lady’s Cocktail ring, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

Yellow gold, round diamonds, carved rubellite and turquoise

With the Lady’s Cocktail ring, the Maison pays homage to one of its major sets of the 1960s, belonging to the famous soprano Maria Callas, iconic client of Van Cleef & Arpels. Remarkable for its volume and combination of vivid color, the set, comprising a clip, a bracelet and earclips was a gift from Aristotle Onassis.

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Pongal ring, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

Yellow gold, diamonds, cabochon-cut rubies (origin: Thailand) and a cushion-cut emerald of 27.81 carats (origin: Colombia).

Van Cleef & Arpels presents one of the standout pieces from the new High Jewelry collection Pierres de Caractère Variations. The Pongal ring is adorned with a 27.81-carat Colombian emerald, remarkable for its cushion-cut, weight and intense color. The aesthetics and color combination recall the Indian style that was in vogue during the sixties and seventies.

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