Secrecy has long been a signature focus of Van Cleef & Arpels, with some of their trademark designs including transformable jewels revealed by concealed fastenings, hidden figurines and details exposed at the push of a button, or the use of invisibly set gemstones.
The "Sous Son Aile Clip" by Van Cleef & Arpels with Lovebirds and mystery-set rubies
Now the Maison has unveiled its latest take on these bejeweled mysteries with the new Le Secret collection. Invoking a stroll through a secret garden, the jewels reflect moments where the visible and invisible meet. The Dentelle Secrète bracelet is the perfect embodiment of this, with its articulated rows of rubies and diamonds bordering a line of openwork arabesque sections enclosing changeable mother-of-pearl or onyx sliding shutters.
The "Dentelle" bracelet from Van Cleef with either mother-of-pearl or onyx shutters
Van Cleef also continues its tradition of creating transformable jewels within the Le Secret collection. The Séraphîta ring features an interchangeable centre so that it can be worn with either a 16.46-carat Madagascan sapphire or a cluster of diamonds and mauve sapphires between its fanned sapphire sides.
The "Séraphîta" ring by Van Cleef & Arpels with its Madagascan sapphire centre
The magnificent Oiseau sur la branche long necklace is a feat of artistry combined with such metamorphosis. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Nightingale, the necklace’s pendant features diamond doors that slide open to reveal a bird against a backdrop of sapphires and buff-top emeralds. The necklace can be worn in three ways – one long and two short – with the design offset by the blaze of red Burmese ruby beads weighing a total of 567.14 carats.
The "Oiseau Sur La Branche" necklace shown in two of the three ways it can be worn
Continuing with its historical design themes, Van Cleef again depicts the Cupid – the god of love in Roman mythology that was first used by the Maison in the 1940s. Created in diamonds, the cupid in the Secret de Amoureaux clip shares a secret with the wearer with a finger delicately put to his lips, and perches atop a 12.04-carat rubellite heart surmounting a threaded gold bow and garland of coloured sapphires and diamonds.
"Secret de Amoureaux" clip by Van Cleef & Arpels
The entire collection is an exploration through the latest creations of Van Cleef & Arpels’ expert craftsmanship, with each jewel delighting the wearer with a host of playful revelations and unique designs.