With the idea of creating an airier collection of jewelry akin to fashion’s resort and cruise collections, Van Cleef & Arpels dove deep into the waters of the ‘Seven Seas‘ for inspiration. Recalling the Renaissance in Europe, a time of uncertainty about the wider world outside Europe’s borders, the firm’s newest collection explores the unique traits of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic Sea, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
The mysterious waters surrounding Renaissance Europe conjured mythical tales of travel by sea, charting the unknown during a time of relative darkness, and these adventurous notions inspire much of the jewels in the new collection. Magical shades of blue wash over earrings, rings, bracelets and necklace while vibrant gemstones portraying the exotic sea creatures who call this nautical terrain home sparkle to life. Pink and yellow sapphire starfish shimmer amidst a necklace depicting a coral pink flamingo with plumes of variegated pink sapphires. Looking at both the myth and reality around the Seven Seas, the collection pays homage to the vast history and bountiful nature of these storied bodies of water.
What makes this particular collection unique is its wearability and relative accessibility. While each piece is considered high jewelry, its materials are more wearable – particularly with resort wear – than those typical of Van Cleef & Arpels’ high jewelry collections. Instead of a multitude of pricey precious stones and carats of diamonds, the jewelry in the Seven Seas collection is comprised of jewelry made of more accessible materials like chalcedony, onyx and lapis that transitions beautifully from day to night with the same level of high quality sparkle.