In tune with the seasons, Van Cleef & Arpels contemplates the wonders of nature and celebrates them in highly poetic creations. Evoking the beauty of a snow-covered landscape, the Snowfl ake collection has for several decades reinterpreted the “fl ocon” motif introduced by the Maison in the 1940s. Entirely set with diamonds, these pieces embody Van Cleef & Arpels’ taste for White High Jewelry. This winter, the Snowfl ake collection is enriched by two clips and two transformable necklaces. Timelessly elegant, they combine the luminosity of platinum with the sparkle of diamonds in keeping with a Maison’s tradition.
Enthralled by the beauty of diamonds, the Maison showcases their purity in dazzling High Jewelry creations, like this slender snowfl ake. Radiating out from its heart, precious snow crystals seem to bloom in a diaphanous star, fringed with a frosty garland. With a design infl uenced by the Maison’s 1948 Cristaux de neige clip, this refi ned piece can be worn as a clip on a jacket lapel, or slipped onto a chain as a pendant.
Explored by the Maison ever since its foundation, the couture theme also takes pride of place on this bow clip, which recalls the models created by Van Cleef & Arpels from the 1930s onwards. On these creations, the gold’s delicate openwork evokes the lightness of precious fabrics. This Snowfl ake clip traces a bow in platinum and diamonds, bound by a rounded jewelry motif entirely set with stones. Endowed with subtle energy, this asymmetric three-dimensional piece will adorn either an outfi t or the hair like a ribbon of light.
I n keeping with Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of transformable jewelry, this sparkling necklace can be worn in up to nine different ways to suit any mood. Thanks to discreet fastenings, its various elements can form three bracelets and six types of necklace, from a choker with a single strand of diamonds to a two- or three-row necklace. On each side of the piece, twin half moon-shaped jewelry motifs link these delicate streams of diamonds. The creation’s fully articulated structure enables it to gently hug the neck or wrist, like freshly fallen snowflakes.
With these luminous new creations, the Maison is renewing a tradition that has inspired it ever since its foundation: White High Jewelry. Fashionable during the Art Decoera and the 1950s and 1960s, this style combines the glitter of diamonds with that of precious metal – either white gold or platinum. Van Cleef & Arpels has reinterpreted it over time, resulting in such emblematic collections as Snowflake, Olympia, Palmyre or À Cheval.
Much appreciated for their lightness and sparkle, the Snowflake pieces are also inspired by one of the Maison’s recurring motifs: the “flocon” (snowflake). Appearing at Van Cleef & Arpels for the first time in the 1940s, the Cristaux de neige clips stood out for their graphic lines in yellow gold, studded with diamonds. A few years later, the motif was refined into a stylized snowflake: composed of seven round diamonds, it now adorns necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings on delicate openwork settings that allow light to pass through.
High Jewelry expertise
Glittering diamonds: Since its foundation in 1906, the Maison has established a reputation for selecting stones that instill a unique emotion. For its creations, Van Cleef & Arpels chooses gems of the highest quality. Both central stones and paving are subjected to the same rigorous attention to detail: the diamonds – graded D, E or F for color and IF to VVS2 for clarity – form a harmony, endowing the pieces with remarkable intensity.
Exceptional jewelry-making savoir-faire : To provide the Snowflake creations with lightness and brilliance, the Mains d’Or™ – virtuoso craftsmen from Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops – combine extreme attention to detail with various traditional techniques. Several hundred hours of work are required for the more complex pieces. On the necklaces, the interlaced jewelry motifs create fully articulated structures that are both elegant and comfortable to wear. The diamonds are also embellished by different types of setting: bar, prong and grain settings combine the precious stones into snowflake motifs, while closed setting emphasizes the roundness of the diamonds that punctuate the pieces and adorn the border of the necklaces. The Maison’s cherished art of transformable jewelry takes center stage on the two new Snowflake necklaces. Created by the Mains d’Or, discreetly hidden fastenings enable a necklace to be transformed into several bracelets or a pendant to be removed and worn alone, to suit any occasion.