In 1968, the Maison of Van Cleef & Arpels created a signature symbol of luck and harmony that has since become one of the most distinctive shapes associated with this renowned brand. This was none other than the Alhambra motif, which has been perfected with a range of select materials and refined craftsmanship in the intervening years.
The first piece in the collection was a yellow gold necklace that encompassed not only luck but also fortune, health, love, and a rare and instantly recognizable elegance. The collection has now expanded to include bracelets, ear studs, necklaces, and even watches, all with a variety of colored stones, shapes, contours, and styles.
The pieces in the Alhambra collection are inspired by the image of the four-leaf clover, one of the most universal and enduring symbols of luck. The clover combines both their view of luck as “a chance given by the world” with their reverence for the beauty and richness surrounding us in the natural world.
Attentiveness to the intricate details and oft-hidden secrets that are abundant yet often unnoticed in the world around us has always been a central element of Van Cleef & Arpels’ inspiration and the worldview that these pieces promote. Luck, in the realm of Van Cleef & Arpels, is something that the world bestows upon those who are both attentive and constantly curious.
That is why one of the Maison’s favorite quotes was “Impose your luck, hold tight to your good fortune, and step forward to face your risks. From having watched you, they will get used to it”. That spirit is embodied in the Alhambra collection.
From onyx to carnelian to mother-of-pearl, the precious gemstones that make up the shapes in this collection are bordered with lustrous diamonds and, in the case of many of the necklaces and ear studs, are also complemented with yellow, white, or rose gold.