Like many of the most renowned high jewelry makers in the world, the story of Van Cleef & Arpels is a story of a family. Fathers, brothers, and daughters have at various points owned and helped to manage the company, and it is likely due in no small part to this that we can attribute the continuation of their signature, utterly delightful and distinctive style.
Their high jewelry in particular contains an indisputable magic aura, often whimsical yet never exorbitant. They are playful and elegant all at once, and many of them evoke memories of childhood fantasies and carefree, jubilant summer days.
They are known for collections like Le Secret, for example, which features a lovely assortment of items including the Papillon Secret Watch. A butterfly covered in diamonds, emeralds, and black spinels. When you open its wings, the secret you discover is a mother-of-pearl dial. There is surely no more delightful way to tell the time.
The lustrous and opulent beauty that sets Van Cleef & Arpels apart from the rest is evident in pieces such as their 18K Yellow Gold Diamond and Sapphire Flower Ring. Just wearing it beckons the warmth and infinite small pleasures of a spring or summer day.
Many of their pieces feature similar floral motifs, from the absolutely stunning Rose Gold Alhambra Porcelain "Limited Edition" Diamond Necklace to the 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Ruby Floral Ring. It makes perfect sense for a brand so joyful and so clearly compelled by the beauty, splendor, and richness of the natural world to create floral pieces that instantaneously give the wearer a sense of warmth and pleasure.