Van Cleef & Arpels, a name synonymous with luxury and elegance, has introduced its latest collection of high jewellery, drawing inspiration from a historical tradition that was prevalent among the aristocracy of the 18th and 19th centuries - the Grand Tour. This enduring tradition, a long journey across Europe, was embarked upon by the fashion house's founder, Andre Suarez, in 1910, which now serves as the creative impetus for this grand collection.
The Grand Tour, considered a rite of passage for young aristocrats, exposed them to the rich cultural heritage, arts, and architectural marvels of Europe, all of which is skillfully encapsulated in the 70 pieces featured in Van Cleef & Arpels' latest collection. These exquisite pieces of jewellery provide a glamorous and romantic snapshot of the cities visited during the Grand Tour, each piece telling a story of its own.
The designs also pay homage to antiquarian adornments from various periods and regions, including Etruscan, Roman, and medieval. This adds a touch of historical authenticity and enhances the overall grandeur of the collection. These references are seamlessly integrated into contemporary high jewellery designs, demonstrating the brand's unique ability to merge tradition with innovation.
From intricate earrings to majestic necklaces and eye-catching rings, each piece in the collection is a testament to Van Cleef & Arpels' exceptional craftsmanship and commitment to perfection. The vibrant gemstones, carefully chosen and meticulously set, mimic the myriad hues of the European cities, making each piece a wearable work of art.
As Van Cleef & Arpels continues to build upon its rich heritage, this latest collection reinforces its position as a trendsetter in the world of high jewellery. It brings to life the joy of travel and discovery, offering jewellery connoisseurs an exclusive tour of Europe through its breathtaking designs.