Introducing Van Cleef & Arpels’ stunning new Alhambra collection

28 June 2023
By Fashion Quarterly

An iconic aesthetic of Van Cleef & Arpels since 1968, the Alhambra motif draws inspiration from the contours of the four-leaf clover.

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection | Fashion Quarterly
Faithful to the very first Alhambra® jewel created in 1968, the Vintage Alhambra creations by Van Cleef & Arpels are distinguished by their unique, timeless elegance.

Since its creation, the Alhambra collection has stood out as an emblem of Van Cleef & Arpels, lending itself to many elegant variations intended to highlight particular moments and materials.

Today, intense reflections of guilloché rose gold combine with dazzling nuances of carnelian to give rise to four new Alhambra creations including a reversible ring (pictured). This new design, offered for the first time within the collection, reflects the tradition of versatility that is unique to the Maison and its distinctive emblem.

Each side of the revered motif is realised in two different materials: a vibrant carnelian stone, and a guilloché rose gold set with a diamond.

The body of the ring, made up of three rows of cascading golden beads, was specially designed to ensure the stability and proper functioning of the pivoting motif.

In terms of how the ring sits on your finger, the high jewellery Maison has lined the interior body of the ring with a golden half-bangle that gently embraces the finger. On the guilloché motif, the height of the closed-set diamond was specifically devised to avoid pressing into the skin, and preserve the radiance of the stone. Finally, the translucent quality of the carnelian allows light to flow through the stone and reflect off the gold of the underlying motif. The stone thus appears to glow with an inner light.

An iconic aesthetic of Van Cleef & Arpels since 1968, the Alhambra motif draws inspiration from the four-leaf clover, celebrating luck through constantly reinvented jewellery and watchmaking creations.

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection | Fashion Quarterly
Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection | Fashion Quarterly
Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection | Fashion Quarterly
Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection | Fashion Quarterly

Inspired by the clover leaf, these icons of luck are adorned with a border of golden beads.

Discover the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection here

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