Van Cleef & Arpels, the iconic Maison, has elegantly woven the cultural heritage of Europe into their latest masterpiece – the Le Grand Tour raconté par Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewellery collection. With sculptural necklaces, intricate earrings, and astonishing clips, this collection of approximately 70 pieces offers not only a glimpse into the Maison’s creativity and exquisite craftsmanship but also a profound statement on the intersection of art and travel.
The roots of this collection reach deep into the past, drawing inspiration from the rich tradition of the Grand Tour. At the turn of the 20th century when Van Cleef & Arpels was born, the curiosity for diverse cultures, historical eras, and various artistic forms fueled imagination, sparking innovative creations. This curiosity was a part of the cultural fabric even before the Maison’s founding, as explorations to ancient civilizations ignited the minds of intellectuals and artists across Europe. These historical connections continue to shape our contemporary pursuits of experiences and encounters through travel.
The collection’s gemstone palette is a symphony of hues, composed by the Maison’s skilled gemologists. Each setting highlights the inherent beauty of a diverse array of stones, harmoniously arranged. Faceted gems mingle with cabochons, and the translucent glow of precious stones finds companionship in the lustre of pearls, opalescence of opals, and the natural allure of coral. Deep sapphire blues harmonise with the elegance of lapis lazuli, while emeralds’ verdant charm dances with the sparkle of diamonds. Garnets’ warm tones intermingle with a myriad of coloured sapphires. Embracing the art of hardstone carving, engraved emeralds grace the heart of transformable necklaces, and historical intaglios in sapphire, jasper, and citrine adorn clips reminiscent of antiquity’s treasures.
“Le Grand Tour raconté par Van Cleef & Arpels” is not just a collection; it’s an immersive journey through history, art, and the world of high jewellery. Through meticulously crafted pieces, Van Cleef & Arpels unveils not only the splendour of gemstones and precious metals but also a tapestry woven from the threads of culture, creativity, and the boundless pursuit of beauty. This collection bridges the gap between the past and the present, reminding us that great voyages are indeed works of art in themselves.