#Retaildetail featuring Van Cleef & Arpels, Level 3This year, the intense reflections of guilloché yellow gold – introduced in the Alhambra collection in 2018 – blend with the sparkle of diamonds and the gleam of gold mother-of-pearl on new jewelry and timepiece creations.
The Alhambra collection is incorporating an original pendant, bracelet and long necklace designed to highlight the guilloché technique. The Maison used this traditional aesthetic in the 1910s to embellish watch dials, extending it in the 1930s to cases, powder compacts and Minaudières in which stones mingled with precious metals. Today, Van Cleef & Arpels is drawing inspiration from the evocative lines produced by this engraving technique, through radiant designs etched into yellow gold.
The depth and sunbeam-like structure of the veins bestow a subtle relief on the surface of the metal, intensifying the flow of light. By alternating guilloché and diamond-paved motifs, the long necklace and the bracelet captivate the gaze with their shifting reflections suffused with warm hues.
Founded at Paris' 22 Place Vendôme in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels came into being following Estelle Arpels' marriage to Alfred Van Cleef in 1895. Over the decades, the excellence and creativity of the High Jewelry Maison established its reputation across the world. With a blend of inventiveness and poetry, Van Cleef & Arpels perpetuates a highly distinctive style that has produced numerous signatures: the Mystery Set™ technique, the Minaudière™, the transformable Zip necklace and the Alhambra® motif. Its selection of Pierres de Caractère™, exceptional gems that instill an emotion, and the savoir-faire of its Mains d’Or™, the virtuoso craftsmen of the workshops, have given birth to enchanting jewelry and watchmaking collections. Whether inspired by nature, couture, dance or imaginary worlds, the Maison opens the gate to a timeless universe of beauty and harmony.