Jewellery is a luxury, not a necessity. When you look at branded pieces, some price tags seem to defy reason, especially if it’s a Van Cleef & Arpels piece of jewellery! Van Cleef & Arpels gained popularity as a fine jeweller in the 1930’s, when their revolutionary ‘mystery set’ jewels , gem set pieces without claws, were introduced. Ever since then, the brand has been synonymous with fine jewellery and innovation. Van Cleef & Arpels is one of the top international jewellery company. It is associated with quality and an elite style that has adorned the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Catherine Deneuve, Audrey Hepburn, and other timeless beauties.
I am a sucker for Van Cleef and Arpels’ Vintage Alhambra line. The Magic Alhambra creations, born in 2008, gather different sized Alhambra motifs, coming together in a joyful dance. I have always justified by Alhambra purchases by wearing my pieces very frequently. They are classic and super versatile, matching many outfits. This is a great example of a trend dictating the value of an item. I also love the symbolism of the clover. The Alhambra design signifies good luck. To Van Cleef & Arpels, luck is key, and the company states on their website that ‘luck must be earned, that rare clover comes as a trophy for he or she who pays careful attention to the signs of luck and is able to grasp them.
The single motif Magic Alhambra long necklace, that I acquired recently, reveals another way of playing with the size and materials of the iconic motif. It is set with a series of quatrefoil shape white and grey mother of pearl, and delicately banded chalcedony. This transformable necklace is perfect for wearing long or wrapping into multiple layers for a shorter look. The delicate hue of the colors, the timeless design and the customizable length makes this the perfect wearable piece. This vintage Alhambra creation is distinguished by their unique, timeless elegance.
The best part about this necklace is its versatility. From a brunch to a sun-downer, from a jeans to a dress, you can wear it anywhere. So if you are looking for a statement making neck piece, you don’t have to look further.
Until Next Time,
Photography : Sai Ghatpande
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