Luck Be A Lady’s Jewels


One of my absolute favorite jewelry houses is Van Cleef & Arpels.  Since their founding in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has always been known for their exquisite high jewelry.  This year’s collection is no different.  For 2012, the historic jewelry house celebrates luck, in all its various forms from all over the world, with its Palais de la chance collection.  Drawing on nature and past creations for inspiration, the master jewelers have captured the spirits of their subjects with grace and delicacy.  The High Jewelry pieces, interpreted as either your lucky star, lucky legends or lucky-charms nature, are sure to inspire even the most luckless individuals with glimmering positivity.  Famed for great innovation and whimsy, Van Cleef & Arpels succeeds yet again in displaying their prowess in jewelry design and manufacture.  Here are some of my favorites from the collection as well as inspirational pieces, but be sure to have a look at all the gorgeous jewelry from Palais de la chance:

A Selection of High Jewelry Pieces from the Palais de la chance Collection

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Your lucky star Etoile Filante clip, white gold, diamonds

Lucky legends Grenouille ring, white gold, diamonds, sapphires and one asscher-cut tourmaline of 21.77-carats

Lucky legends Misr ring, white gold, diamonds, turquoise, coral, chrysoprase, onyx and one oval-cut Mandarin garnet of 15.77 carats

Lucky legends Heket short earrings, white gold, diamonds, fire opal beads and Heket long earrings, white gold, fire opal beads, diamonds, onyx, yellow sapphires

Lucky legends Scarabée ring, white gold, diamonds, turquoise, coral (Corallium rubrum) and chrysoprase

Lucky legends Carpes Koï ring, white gold, diamonds, blue and mauve sapphires, yellow gold, yellow sapphires, Mandarin garnets, pink gold, white cultured pearls, one cushioncut yellow sapphire of 28.66 carats

Lucky legends Souffle des Nuages ring, white gold, diamonds, Paraiba-like tourmalines, sapphires and one cushion-cut sapphire of 3.67 carats

Lucky – charm nature Edelweiss earrings, white gold, diamonds and white opals

Lucky – charm nature Coccinelle Mystérieuse clip, white gold, diamonds, onyx, black spinels, yellow sapphires, red gold, Mystery Set rubies

Lucky – charm nature Muguet clip, platinum, diamonds and emeralds

Lucky – charm nature Fleurs Précieuses clip, platinum, diamonds, gradation of mauve and pink sapphires, emeralds

Lucky – charm nature Lunaria clip, white gold, diamonds and white mother-of-pearl

Lucky – charm nature Mademoiselle Coccinelle necklace, white gold, diamonds, 13 EVVS round diamonds for a total weight of 16.20 carats

Lucky – charm nature Biloba ring, yellow gold, white and yellow diamonds, one pear-shaped emerald of 9.74 carats

Inspiration:  Spirit of Nature

Rêverie clip, 2008, Les Jardins collection

Oiseau clip, 1924, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection

Costa’s Colibri clip, 2009, California rêverie collection

Inspiration:   Luck

Cosmos clip, Mystery Set™ rubies, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection

Gamblers hand, 1949, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection

Dragon clip, 1969, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection


All photos via Van Cleef & Arpels


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