In 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels created the first Alhambra long necklace, inspired by the four-leaf clover shape. Like a harmonious token of luck it was made up of 20 motifs increased yellow gold, delicately fringed with golden beads. The symbol was an immediate success, establishing itself throughout the world as an icon of luck and emblem of Van Cleef & Arpels.
“To be lucky, you have to believe in luck,” as Jacques Arpels – Estelle Arpels’ nephew – used to say. Ever cherished by the Maison, luck is a value that has often guided its footsteps and inspired some of its most characteristic creations.
The new collection features four Magic Alhambra long necklaces, recognizable by their generous motifs, these creations are embellished with noble materials suffused with life. The Chalcedony piece combines blue hues with white gold, while gray mother- of-pearl coordinates its iridescent overtones with rose gold, in a delicate assortment of warm tones.
On a third piece, the Maison brings together blue agate – which first appeared in the collection in 1989 – combining it with yellow gold. Finally, Guilloché rose gold is also making its debut in the Alhambra collection; the engraving gleams as it catches the light.
Faithful to Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of excellence, the Alhambra collection reflects all the expertise of a high jewellery Maison. Different crafts have come together for each piece, ranging from the lapidary to the jeweller, from the stone-setter to the polisher -- m aking these pieces the perfect addition to your collection.
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