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Van Cleef Alhambra - Why is it so popular?

Founded in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels were among one of the first jewellers to settle into Paris’ Place Vendôme. For over a century, Van Cleef & Arpels have been combining expert craftsmanship, technical prowess and innovation to create some of the finest jewellery in the world.  Their pieces have been worn by royalty, Hollywood stars and high society the world over, so it comes as no surprise that they are considered among the best jewellers in the world.

Van Cleef Alhambra white gold necklace

But why is the Van Cleef Alhambra so popular?

The Alhambra collection launched in 1968, features a motif symbolising luck, love, health and fortune and has now become an emblem for the maison and one of the most recognisable jewellery motifs in the world.

Van Cleef Alhambra white gold necklace

Van Cleef & Arpels are known for their elegant designs and timeless nature of each and every piece they create. The collection has developed and grown over the years, showcasing a variety of models, using some of the most precious metals and stones. The versatility of the collection is what adds to the appeal of the pieces, with the ability to layer the designs and have items that are easily transitioned from day to night. As it stands the white mother-of-pearl designs remain the brands bestseller.

Van Cleef Alhambra white gold necklace

Underneath the umbrella of the Van Cleef & Arpel Alhambra collection, there are six sub collections; Vintage Alhambra, Magic Alhambra, Sweet Alhambra, Pure Alhambra, Lucky Alhambra and Byzantine Alhambra. Each of the collections have a unique take on the motif, exhibiting some of the most precious stones. The collection has also been enriched since with a series of watches. Distinctive for their curved lines, round bead setting and art deco feel, capturing the stylish essence of the Alhambra collection.

Van Cleef Alhambra white gold necklace

Styling the Van Cleef Alhambra

Due to the Alhambra collection being so varied, it allows for plenty of styling options for a multitude of looks.. The motif has been incorporated into designs that are stylishly simple, strictly sophisticated and extremely elegant, demonstrating the creative durability behind the Alhambra collection. A popular take on styling Alhambra pieces is to layer several items to create a tasteful stylish look, or even integrating your Alhambra piece alongside your most loved jewellery pieces to add another elegant dimension.  

Van Cleef Alhambra yellow gold necklace

Van Cleef & Arpels precious stones range in colour and texture, making each individual style and colourway versatile for every occasion, season and personality.

Van Cleef Alhambra yellow gold necklace

The dazzling clarity of Aquamarine, is a perfect pairing with any summer outfit, for those long  walks on the beach, or relaxing by the pool. The deep rich tones of Emerald add a sense of demure elegance to an evening gown and the subtle beauty of the Mother-Of-Pearl collection remains a timeless look for both casual and formal wear. There truly is something for everyone in the Alhambra collection.

Van Cleef Alhambra yellow gold necklace

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