A Maison Born from a Love Story
Once upon a time, a real-life fairy tale was born out of love and precious stones. It began in 1895, with the Paris wedding of Estelle Arpels, daughter of a gemstone dealer, and Alfred Van Cleef, son of a lapidary. In 1906, the Maison was founded at 22, Place Vendôme, uniting these two names in a single jeweled destiny. Since then, the ampersand “&” has formed an unshakeable bond, symbolizing both this union of individuals and skills and the blend of excellence and poetry that distinguishes Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations.
The celebration of emotions continues today through the Maison’s creations. From wedding bands to engagement rings to jewelry sets, each piece reflects the enchanting universe of Van Cleef & Arpels, its consummate savoir-faire, and the standards of excellence that guide the selection of stones.
Love as a Source of Inspiration
Van Cleef & Arpels has been the faithful companion of love stories since its foundation. A true symbol of destiny, the first piece mentioned in the 1906 sales records was a heart set with diamonds. Many creations would later illuminate the most famous romances, from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Grace Kelly’s wedding with H.S.H. Prince Rainier of Monaco. Today, the celebration of feelings continues to imbue the Maison’s collections with poetry and enchantment. From High Jewelry to Watches to Jewelry, they express all the nuances of love and the emotion of shared moments.
This theme injects its rhythm into Van Cleef & Arpels’ Poetry of Time, offering a vision of watchmaking steeped in dreams and emotion. One of the most iconic examples is the Pont des Amoureux collection, introduced in 2010, which celebrates feelings ranging from the sweetness of first love to the thrill of long-awaited reunions.
All the poetry of Van Cleef & Arpels’ universe is refl in the wedding band and solitaire collections. From nature to couture, dance to the language of love, the Maison’s greatest sources of inspiration infuse elegance and grace into each piece.
The Icône and Couture solitaires tenderly embrace the center stone, while the Perlée and Estelle rings are accented by a border of golden or platinum beads. The Bonheur and Romance creations highlight the diamond with a timeless aesthetic. Finally, the Boucle and Jasmin solitaires echo an exceptional moment with the caress of a bow or a precious petal.
Playing on the brilliance of platinum and white gold, or the warmth of rose gold, the timeless aesthetics of engagement rings highlight the fire of the diamonds. All are set with a round diamond from 0.30 carat, selected with care according to Van Cleef & Arpels’ criteria.
Van Cleef & Arpels also offers a personalized service to create a ring celebrating a unique event. Diamonds from 0.30 to 3 carats are selected according to the highest quality criteria: IF to VVS2, D or E. Thanks to the stone-setter’s savoir-faire, the chosen gem will then be revealed in all its brilliance on a choice of the Maison’s settings: Romance, Bonheur, Couture, Estelle or Perlée.
Van Cleef & Arpels’ Diamond Jewelry
Fascinated by the beauty of diamonds, the Maison highlights their purity with dazzling jewelry creations. Worn on either side of the face, on the neck, or on the wrist, the Maison’s creations are characterized by a timeless elegance that complements that of engagement rings.
Among these pieces, the Fleurette motif carries on the Van Cleef & Arpels heritage, the Snowfl creations evoke the beauty of snowy landscapes, and the Flowerlace Collection reinterprets the fl motif with sparkling ribbons. Each collection adorns the silhouette with refinement. The jewelry creations lend themselves to the celebration of unique moments.
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