Launched in 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic motif rapidly becomes an emblem of the Maison. ...

April 27, 2016


Launched in 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic motif rapidly becomes an emblem of the Maison. For over four decades, women have loved the enchanting contours of this lucky-charm motif. It is a potent symbol of luck, health, fortune, and love.

Born as a long, plain yellow gold necklace, the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection has always displayed a timeless elegance. In the years following its launch, the collection was broadened to include a rich variety of models and colored stones. Today, the white mother-of-pearl model remains the Maison’s bestseller.

The collection has also been enriched with a series of graceful watches. With their distinctive curves and round bead setting, these stylish timepieces remain true to the spirit of the Alhambra collection.

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.

In keeping with the tradition of excellence, the Alhambra collection embodies all the expertise of a High Jewelry Maison. No fewer than fifteen successive steps of selection, production and verification are required to create this iconic jewel that will withstand the test of time.

Ever inspired by nature, the Maison has sought out the most beautiful materials she has to offer. Along with diamonds, they have all been chosen according to the very highest standards of quality. During this selection process, only 1% of the material is retained to make up the future Alhambra motifs. Like nature itself – a favorite symbol of inspiration for the Maison – Alhambra has constantly renewed itself over the years, taking on a broad palette of colors, dimensions and forms.

Watch how the Maison of Van Cleef & Arpels creates their timeless collection: The Alhambra.


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