The pursuit of a standout signature design is something every jewellery house knows all too well. A distinguished staple that singularly evokes the house’s style codes and is fast tracked to a commercial best seller.
Van Cleef & Arpels’ four-leaf-clover like Alhambra design first came onto the scene in 1968 and rapidly became the Maison’s hero piece. Now, nearly 50 years later, it remains an emblematic symbol of the brand.
Françoise Hardy curtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels
Over four decades of esteemed women from Françoise Hardy to Princess Grace of Monaco have loved the enchanting contours of this lucky-charm motif. More recently, Blake Lively and Sharon Stone are keen champions of this iconic design.
A potent symbol of luck, health, fortune, and love, the Alhambra has renewed itself over time, as nature does - another of the Maison’s core inspirations. Alhambra Breeze provides discreet variations in form, colour and composition give rise to fresh interpretations of the original design, creating diversified lines.
Vintage Alhambra bracelet, 5 motifs Yellow gold Dhs19,000 by Van Cleef & Arpels
This year, the Maison celebrates the collection’s 50th anniversary with the new Alhambra Breeze collection featuring several unique pieces using dazzling techniques and materials. In addition to the Vintage Alhambra are the guilloché gold pieces, crafted using the Maison’s unique engraving techniques.
Vintage Alhambra earrings Yellow gold Dhs18,200 by Van Cleef & Arpels
Traditionally used to adorn watch dials and powder boxes, guillochage creates a subtle relief effect, an ornamentation that causes light to dance around the piece in a captivating daintiness. Inspired by the clover leaf, these icons of luck are also adorned with a border of golden beads.
Vintage Alhambra necklace, 10 motifs Yellow gold Dhs38,000 by Van Cleef & Arpels
Elegant or disarmingly simple, understated or sophisticated, this iconic motif remains unrivalled. Loved by all, there is an Alhambra item to match every day, every mood, and every personality. What’s more, with the holiday season in full swing, if you’ve been looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, consider the Van Cleef & Arpels’ guilloché set a sure fire winner.
Click here to find out more about the Alhambra Breeze collection by Van Cleef & Arpels.