Returning to Van Cleef & Arpels’ Palais de la Chance collection, the legendary jewelry house has added some stunning new pieces to its newest collection initially revealed at the 2012 Biennale des Antiquaires. Based on the theme of ‘luck’, the Maison has assemble a vast array of lucky symbols from all over the world to draw inspiration for the jewels in this impressive collection.
“The Pavot de l’Himalaya clip from the Palais de la chance collection evokes the radiant blue of the himalayan poppy through the gradation of colors offered by the stones. The yellow diamonds set at the center on an articulated system, recall the movements of the pistils caressed by a spring breeze.”
“The Plumes de Martin-Pêcheur necklace from the Palais de la chance collection is inspired by the colored feathers of a lucky bird, the Kingfisher. The subtle combination of round sapphires, sky blue tourmalines, black spinels and 2 exceptional pear-shaped sapphires offers the necklace a magnificent gradation of colors.”
“The Trésor Ailé ring from the Palais de la chance collection depicts a delicate butterfly, symbol of grace and freedom. This creation highlights an exceptional heart-shaped Fancy vivid yellow diamond of 5.73 carats. On the butterfly’s wings, the gradation of blue and purple sapphires and the curved lines in black lacquer, emphasize the butterfly’s movement.”
“The Souffle des Nuages necklace from the Palais de la chance collection depicts a poetic and fantastical vision of the clouds in which an air-dragon, symbol of good luck in China, is living. The skies symbolized by the 700 pearls of the necklace, reveal the dragon’s cave highlighted by eleven raw emeralds of an exceptional and natural gradation of color, set on the central detachable clip.”
“The Souffle des nuages earrings from the Palais de la chance collection depicts a poetic and fantastical vision of the clouds. According to legend, clouds grant wishes and symbolize mystery as they inhabits the sky, object of Man’s fantasies. This creation is adorned with 2 exceptional raw emeralds set in order to allow the light to pass through and reveal their transparency.”
“The Nature Protectrice ring from the Palais de la chance collection offers a precious vision of Nature. This creation enthrones an extremely rare cushion-cut type 2A DIF diamond of 15,02 carats and depicts a flower whose petals symbolize the four elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air.”
“The Moments de chance black & white clip from the Palais de la chance collection highlights the contrast between the delicacy of the butterfly and the strength of the tiger. The combination of black onyx and white diamonds, confers this creation a timeless elegance.”
“In the greatest Van Cleef & Arpels tradition, a river of 52 emeralds of an intense green pays homage to the color of ivy. Jewelry motifs punctuate this interlacing of diamonds and black spinels. In the shape of an ivy leaf, the clasp becomes a discreet good-luck symbol.
Several years’ research and selection work on the part of the Maison’s gemologists was required in order to collect this batch. Thanks to its highly unusual color and its rarity, the emerald is the most precious gemstone in the beryl family.
The positioning of the 52 emeralds is carried out with the greatest respect for the original design and devised to give perspective to this creation. The jeweler then creates “made-to-measure” bezels for each emerald. Each stone is individually set by hand. The ensemble is then articulated: the bezels of the setting are articulated one by one, giving suppleness to the movement.
The black spinels and diamonds have been individually re-cut one by one in order to perfectly embrace the jewelry curves created for this collection. The technique of recutting the black spinels on the piece was used for the first time in the Bals de Légende collection on the Liberty Island ring.”
“The Fleurs d’Ebène earrings from the Palais de la chance collection are inspired by the cherry blossom, a symbol of luck and eternal beauty in japan. Combining a living material, ebony with precious stones, white and pink diamonds, this creation showcases a Maison’s signature that bears witness to its creative boldness.”
“The Nefertem ring from the Palais de la chance collection depicts a three-dimensional lotus flower adorned by a rare blue sapphire and pays homage to the egyptian god Nefertem, often represented with a lotus flower headdress.”
“The Dans les Etoiles necklace from the Palais de la chance collection offers a poetic vision of the shooting stars, symbols of luck and wishes fulfillers. The elements on the chain decorated on both the front and the back allow to admire this work of art from every angle. The two lateral exceptional briolette-cut champagne diamonds are detachable and may be positioned as drops on the earrings of the same set.”
“The Dans les Etoiles earrings from the Palais de la chance collection offer a poetic vision of the shooting stars, symbols of luck and wishes fulfillers. As one of the aesthetic signature of the Maison, this transformable creation offers an alternative way of wearing it, the two briolette-cut champagne diamonds are detachable and may be positioned on the necklace of the same set.”
“The Carré de Sator necklace from the Palais de la chance collection offers its precious vision of the magic Sator square, engraved on the back of the piece. According to the legend, this symbol containing the Latin palindrome SATOR (god), TENET (directs), AREPO (earth), ROTAS (creation), OPERA (the work of men), brings luck to the one who pronounces it. The pale tones of the different stones set on the necklace, highlights the delicacy of this creation.”
“The Laetitia earrings from the Palais de la chance collection offer a precious interpretation of the figure of joy in geomancy. Emphasized by round diamonds depicting a gracious light above them, the two oval-cut pink spinels perfectly paired in terms of size and color, brighten this creation.”
“The Lanterne long necklace from the Palais de la chance collection is adorned by an exceptional sculpted turquoise of a perfectly homogeneous blue color at its center. This creation depicts the festival of Lights in China, a celebration marking the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.”
“The Lanterne earrings from the Palais de la chance collection harmoniously combine the radiant colors of turquoise, rubellites and pink sapphires to pay homage to the festival of Lights in China, a celebration marking the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.”
“Van Cleef & Arpels delivers a geometric interpretation of the thistle flower. In profile, the flower’s petals appear to be closed, delicately surrounding the pistil, depicted by a 9.72-carat oval-cut pink sapphire from Sri Lanka. Seen from above, the flower is in full bloom, capturing all the beauty of its blossom.
“The setting work carried out on the Chardon Secret ring represents true technical innovation. The fruit of advanced research within the Van Cleef & Arpels workshops, the sapphire setting is invisible. Not a single prong or bezel can be seen. Finally, the re-cutting of the diamonds and baguette-cut sapphires gives the piece rich volume.”
“Red coral clouds contrast with snakewood, an earthy element par excellence. The sky and the earth are thus harmoniously represented in this creation.
The Bois Céleste necklace showcases a 9.51-carat grossular garnet that is spring green tinged with yellow. It is an extremely luminous stone whose substance contains few inclusions.
Major hard-stone sculpture work is carried out for the red coral clouds in order to emphasize the airy appearance of the piece.”
All photos courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels