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Van Cleef & Arpels and the royalty who wore them

The incredible history of Van Cleef & Arpels is intertwined with some of the world’s most prominent and illustrious women of their time, as Allyson Klass finds out. In 1895, Estelle Arpels, the daughter of a gems dealer, married Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a lapidary craftsman and diamond broker. The pair shared the same values of a sense of family, the spirit of innovation and a passion for precious stones. This would mark the beginning of their bejewelled destiny as it led to the birth of a maison in 1906 bearing both their names – Van Cleef & Arpels – at 22 Place Vendôme. The...

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Korean artistic director Younghee Suh creates art with Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra and Perlée jewellery

Suh highlights the savoir faire behind the maison’s two signature collections with a new series of artful photographs. A long-time friend of Van Cleef & Arpels, Suh perfectly understands the maison’s universe and values, which is evident in the elegance and delicacy of her past three collaborations with the house. In 2018, the loving animal couples from the High Jewellery collection, L’Arche de Noé Racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels, were reimagined by Suh in poetic compositions that each illustrated a story related to Korean art and culture. The following year, she created another series...

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