Van Cleef & Arpels has finally revealed its latest high-jewelry collection to its VIP clients and the international press in Paris last July 2013. The collection showcases various big and colorful gems and diamonds in flamboyant and creative designs.
The wide array of colored gems goes back to Van Cleef & Arpels’ roots. The company came about more than a century ago in the hands of a precious gemstone merchant’s daughter, Estelle Arpels, and a married lapidary’s son Alfred Van Cleef. This jewelry house from France specially creates fine gem specimens with both outstanding and one-of-a-kind traits.
The Pierres de Caractère Variations line, for instance, features various collectible gemstones, like 9.03-carat D IF type 2A diamonds in their Ancolie Précieuse rings, surrounded by round-cut diamonds, pear-cut diamonds and bright-red ruby borders.
Another ring consists of a rare 27.81-carat Colombian emerald, while the Van Cleef & Arpels Oriental Princess necklace has 42 Mozambique rubies on it that weight a total of more than 40 carats.
Precious gemstones aren’t all that Van Cleef & Arpels are about, though. They also choose materials with stunning luster, color and uniqueness. Their Sea Side Ring would be a good example for this as it combines blue lagoon turquoises with a 5.34-carat yellow diamond that looks like the sun.