Van Cleef & Arpels unveils the latest iteration of the iconic Alhambra collection.
Van Cleef & Arpels, the French luxury jewellery brand, first released the iconic Alhambra motif in 1968. Drawing inspiration from the contours of the four-leaf clover, the collection has been celebrating luck through constantly reinvented jewellery and watchmaking creations.
The latest collection boasts four new Alhambra designs that express tender harmonies by combining the intense reflections of guilloché rose gold with the dazzling nuances of carnelian. The new pieces include a 20-motif-long Vintage Alhambra necklace, a five-motif Vintage Alhambra bracelet, a Sweet Alhambra watch and the Vintage Alhambra reversible ring.
Each of the elegant variations gracefully alternates the motifs by associating the soft glow of rose gold with the warm hue of carnelian. Moreover, thanks to a guilloché effect, the sunbeam-like streaks impart a subtle relief to the surface of the precious metal, sparking an intense whirlwind of light that captivates the gaze.
An ingenious addition to this distinctive collection is the new ring that’s been fashioned with a reversible motif. This piece features two sides made from different materials: carnelian and guilloché rose gold set with a diamond. The body of the ring comprises three rows of cascading golden beads specially designed to ensure the stability and proper functioning of the pivoting motif.
Perfecting this mechanism required many research and development trials to ensure the ideal motion with a smooth and regular rotation. For each ring, the different components have been assembled and adjusted by hand. Moreover, the maison has paid special attention to detail by ensuring the perfect comfort on the interior of the ring by lining it with a golden half-bangle that gently embraces the finger.
In keeping with Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of excellence, the latest Alhambra collection illustrates the maison’s consummate expertise in high jewellery creations.