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Van Cleef & Arpels Takes High Jewelry on Le Grand Tour

from Van Cleef & Arpels

FASHION

An invitation to dream and escape

Like an enchanted souvenir, each of the collection’s creations evokes the Grand Tour, a historical odyssey through the major cultural centers of Europe.

“This High Jewelry collection celebrates a tradition that has always fascinated us. At the beginning of the 20th century, when Van Cleef & Arpels was founded, curiosity for other cultures, periods and forms of art was a way to fuel one’s imagination and give rise to innovative creations.

We followed the trail of our predecessors and chose cities that were renowned stops historically. We took inspiration from antique jewelry – Roman, Etruscan, Medieval or Renaissance –, marrying it with our own heritage, style and craftsmanship. The result is like a colorful sketchbook that invites to dive into destinations and gemstones.”

Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels

LONDON

Blue Sapphires and diamonds. It is noted that there is a 1.55 carat diamond “DIF” – D color, Internally FLawless

Josiah necklace and earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, two oval-cut sapphires weighing 25.10 and 21.78 carats, one round DIF diamond weighing 1.55 carats, diamonds

PARIS

Cultured Pearls, emeralds (mystery set! 😮 ), diamonds, and a few very special purple sapphires.

[Mystery set gems are grooved on the underside of the gem – the pavilion – and then held in place by guide wires/rails. In particular, emeralds are SO hard to set without breaking! (Tap here to see how this amazing feat is accomplished!)]

Eclat Mystérieux necklace, white gold, pink gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set emeralds, mauve sapphires, white cultured pearls, diamonds

THE ALPS

Blue-green tourmaline, sapphires, aquamarines, tanzanites, and diamonds.

Final brush polishing the Regina montium detachable clip

Regina montium necklace with detachable pendant and Etoile des glaciers clip
in white gold set with one 27.70-carat oval-cut blue-green tourmaline, one 16.26-carat cushion cut blue-green tourmaline, sapphires, aquamarines, tanzanites and diamonds (Photo: Marc de Groot)

FLORENCE

Rubellite Tourmalines (red) and diamond.

Villanova necklace and earrings (Rubellite Tourmaline and Diamonds) with detachable pendants
Setting a cabochon-cut rubellite on a pendant of the Villanova necklace

ROME

Tsavorite Garnets and Emeralds

Escale antique bracelet, rose gold, emeralds, tsavorite garnets, diamonds
Elizabeth earrings with detachable pendants, Cornucopia clip and Schäppel ring

NAPLES

Rubellite Tourmalines (red), Pink Sapphires, Rubies, Spessartite Garnets (orange), Pink and Angel-Skin (pinkish-white) Coral, & diamond.

Ninfe necklace, rose gold, white gold, one cushion-cut rubellite weighing 24.02 carats, two oval-cut rubellites weighing 12.44 and 11.52 carats, pink sapphires, rubies, spessartite garnets, pink and angel-skin coral, diamonds

L’Official Magazine online has a wonderful Photo Gallery of Le Grand Tour, with images by photographer Alex Aikiu.

Dripping with gemstones, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Le Grand Tour collection celebrates the majestic wonders of Europe through the art of high jewelry.

by L’OFFICIEL USA

Look Carefully! Le Grand Tour Scalini ring VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Le Grand Tour Elizabeth earrings VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Le Grand Tour Villanova necklace VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Photography by Alex Aikiu

Devotion to the Arts and Savoir-faire

Van Cleef & Arpels’ delectable new high jewelry collection draws upon both the infamous Grand Tour experience and antique jewelry, highlighting the maison’s devotion to the arts and savoir-faire with more than 70 unique gemstone creations. From vibrant rubellites to aquatic tourmalines, Le Grand Tour collection is a feast of exquisitely crafted pieces that celebrate the art of high jewelry.

Le Grand Tour Regina Montium necklace VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Tap here for the rest of the Grand Tour – photos by Alex Aikiu!

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