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Van Cleef & Arpels unveils hard stones & diamond collection

vcppINSPIRED by its rich heritage, Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled its brand-new jewelry collection in the Saudi market at Centeria Mall in Riyadh. The new Perlée Collection embodies new creations that reassert its rounded aesthetic. It includes Three Between the Finger Rings that give pride of place to hard stones, while a diamond set pendant and matching ear studs display varying tons of gold. The new collection reflects the Maison savoir-faire, the border of gentle and sparkling golden beads is now associated with one of Van Cleef & Arpels’ emblematic signatures: the Between the Finger Ring. With their twin motifs linked by an open ring, these pieces adorn the hand thanks to a curvaceous duet of cabochons – one in hard stone, the other in gold set with diamonds.
Each ring is enhanced by a precious dialogue: yellow gold accentuates the singular beauty of malachite, white gold reveals the luminosity of turquoise, while gentle pink gold echoes the radiant color of carnelian. These precious combinations are magnified by a border of golden beads, which unfurls around each cabochon in two or three rows. Matching these creations, a pendant and ear studs reinterpret the diamond-set cabochon in yellow, white and pink gold. Feminine and timeless, these jewelry pieces illuminate the silhouette with discretion. Ever since the Perlée collection was created, its pieces have lent themselves to varied associations and complemented other collections by Van Cleef & Arpels.
There is a combination to suit every taste. From the selection of diamonds and hard stones to setting and polishing the gold, the Perlée collection reflects all Van Cleef & Arpels’ jewelry-making savoir-faire. The gold beads are reworked individually by hand, then patiently polished until they acquire their characteristic sparkle while maintaining a rounded profile. The hard stones also meet particularly high standards. The deep green malachite derives its poetry from straight, regular striations that run through its surface; the blue of the turquoise stands out for its intense, opaque and uniform color; the carnelian has been chosen for the consistency of its deep and warm orangey-red hue, enhanced by careful polishing. The Perlée collection dates from 2008, yet golden beads have been part of Van Cleef & Arpels’ history since the 1920s. From 1948 onwards, gold beads became a style in their own right and blossomed on numerous Van Cleef & Arpels collections.
An example can be found in the yellow gold necklaces, earrings, bracelets and watches of the astonishing Couscous collection. The 1960s’ taste for soft, fluid shapes gave rise to the Twist collection – which combines gold beads, coral beads and cultured pearls in a delicate spiral – and the Alhambra motif, fringed with an elegant beaded contour.

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