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Van Cleef & Arpels

One of the world’s foremost jewelry houses, Van Cleef & Arpels is particularly noted for a focus on technical virtuosity, craftsmanship and artistry, evident since its beginning. Rather than create earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other adornments primarily for the aim of displaying of wealth and opulence, Van Cleef & Arpels sought to produce jewelry that projected the wearer’s taste and style.

The company was formed a year after the 1895 marriage of Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a gem cutter, to Estelle Arpels, daughter of precious-stones dealer Salomon Arpel. Ten years later, Van Cleef & Arpels opened its first boutique on the Place Vendôme in Paris, setting the march on a square now crowded with dealers in bijouterie. (The company still occupies the New York flagship store opened in 1939 at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.)

Born from a union of expertise in both jewelry making and gem selection, the Van Cleef & Arpels distinguished itself with both the consistency of the color and clarity of its stones and the creativity of its designs. In doing so, the house would win a roster of dedicated, fashion-conscious clients that included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, Jacqueline Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor. In 1933, Van Cleef & Arpels patented its trademark Mystery Setting — a technique by which gems are fitted into an intricate matrix of slots and “drawers” that keep the setting hidden. Another signal innovation was the Zip necklace, introduced in 1951, which can be worn either around the neck or, with the zipper closed, as a bracelet.

But as much as to the firm’s craftsmanship, clients have been drawn by the insouciance and playfulness of Van Cleef & Arpels designers, as well as their attunement to the cultural climate. After the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the company produced several lavish pieces featuring hieroglyphics and other Egyptian motifs to go along with the geometric Art Deco jewelry of that decade and the next. Following World War II, as symbols of freedom and rebirth, the firm focused on naturalistic forms such as birds, flowers, fruit and flying insects. High society’s 1960s fascination with the Near East and India prompted such pieces as the best-selling Alhambra necklace, popularized by Princess Grace.

Lately, attention among collectors and connoisseurs has centered on Van Cleef & Arpels’s quality of workmanship as much as its glamour. The firm was the subject of a 2012 show at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as well as exhibitions at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, in 2013 and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2014.

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$11,404
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Vintage Alhambra Necklace
Vintage Alhambra Necklace
Vintage Alhambra Ring
Vintage Alhambra Ring
Vintage Alhambra Bracelet
Vintage Alhambra Bracelet
Van Cleef Arpels Fleurette Ring
Van Cleef Arpels Fleurette Ring
Van Cleef & Arpels 10 Motif Diamond Vintage Alhambra Yellow Gold Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold 10 Motif Diamond Vintage Alhambra Necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. With 10 round brilliant cut diamond VVS1 clarity, E color total weight .60ct This necklace comes w...
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2010s French Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold 20 Motif Lapis Alhambra Chain Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold 20 Motif Lapis Alhambra Chain Necklace. Very rare and highly desirable Van Cleef & Arpels 18k yellow gold vintage Alhambra 20 motif lapis lazuli n...
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20th Century French Modern Van Cleef & Arpels

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Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Malachite 5 Motif Bracelet & Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Banbury, GB
Alhambra is VCA's signature design and the Malachite makes it even more special. This is a limited rare piece. You won't find them on market very often. Dandelion Antiques Code ...
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2010s French Van Cleef & Arpels

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Malachite, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels 5 Motif Vintage Alhambra Mother of Pearl Yellow Gold Bracelet
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Banbury, GB
Dandelion Antiques Code AT-1250 Brand Van Cleef & Arpels Model ARA41800 Serial No. JE...
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2010s French Van Cleef & Arpels

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Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels 30cts Diamond Sapphire Necklace in 18 Karat Gold
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Dallas, TX
Van Cleef & Arpels dazzling collar necklace bursting with brilliance of approximately 19 carats of finest white diamonds which are complemented by 11 carats of vividly-colored blue a...
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1980s French Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels

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Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Mid Century Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Emerald 18k Yellow Gold Rope Bracelet
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Mid Century Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Emerald 18k Yellow Gold Braided Rope Bracelet. Featuring 28 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of approximately 1.30 carats, ...
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1960s French Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Diamond Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A pair of earrings made by Van Cleef & Arpels and comprising of rubies and diamonds. Total weight of diamonds is 1.5 carat with E color, VVS clarity. Rubies are weighing a total of 3...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Van Cleef & Arpels

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Pendant in 18K White Gold Large Size 0.16 CTW
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Pendant in 18K White Gold Large Size 0.16 CTW PRIMARY DETAILS SKU: 125688 Listing Title: Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Pendant in 18K White Gold Large Size 0...
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21st Century and Contemporary Van Cleef & Arpels

Materials

White Gold

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Vintage Alhambra Necklace
Vintage Alhambra Necklace
Average Price
$44,194
Number Available
19
Vintage Alhambra Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Styles
Artist
Van Cleef & Arpels had an immediate hit on its hands when the French luxury jewelry house introduced its Alhambra collection, which includes the charming and exquisitely crafted Vintage Alhambra necklace. Call it the result of the elegant design work that is typical of the house as well as a bit of good luck. “To be lucky, you must believe in luck.” This mantra was a favorite of Jacques Arpels (1914–2008) — the nephew of Estelle Arpels, who cofounded the maison with her husband, Alfred, ...
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Vintage Alhambra Ring
Vintage Alhambra Ring
Average Price
$5,215
Number Available
15
Vintage Alhambra Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
It’s not common that a motif as simple as a quatrefoil embellished with a beaded border can capture the hearts of fashionable clients around the world, but that’s precisely what happened with Van Cleef & Arpels’s signature Alhambra collection, which includes the Vintage Alhambra ring. In 1968, Jacques Arpels (1914–2008), nephew of the venerable French jewelry house’s cofounder Estelle Arpels, wanted to design bold ready-to-wear pieces for the modern working woman. Inspired by the notion ...
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Vintage Alhambra Bracelet
Vintage Alhambra Bracelet
Average Price
$9,201
Number Available
9
Vintage Alhambra Bracelet
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Styles
Modernist
With its storied talismanic power, the quatrefoil — a clover-like pattern with roots in Moorish architecture — has become a status symbol in luxury jewelry, appearing in the collections of Cartier, Chopard, Louis Vuitton and more. But there’s one brand with which the motif is practically synonymous, thanks in particular to the role that the symbol plays in accessories such as the widely beloved Vintage Alhambra bracelet. Since 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels (est. 1896) has been celebrated for t...
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Van Cleef Arpels Fleurette Ring
Van Cleef Arpels Fleurette Ring
Average Price
$9,739
Number Available
7
Van Cleef Arpels Fleurette Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Styles
Modern
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Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry and watches. Each of these unique items has been designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Van Cleef & Arpels diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 1,019. This collection contains 1,471 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of Van Cleef's jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Roman Malakov, LB Exclusive and Bvlgari. Prices for Van Cleef's jewelry & watches can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $541 and tops out at $1,560,000, while pieces like these can sell for $15,994.
Questions About Van Cleef & Arpels
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Van Cleef & Arpels is so expensive because it is a well-known company that has a fantastic reputation. Van Cleef & Arpels are universally renowned for high quality jewelry with a focus on detail. High-profile fans of the French jewelry house over the years have included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and many more. Find an extraordinary range of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    In Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, the red stone is usually Brazilian carnelian, a type of semiprecious gemstone that typically comes from Greece and Asia. The luxury jewelry brand uses the stone in it’s Bouton d’or and Alhambra collections. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The brand Van Cleef & Arpels is a well-known luxury jewelry and watchmaking company. Founded in 1896, the company was known for their timeless style and luxe jewels. In 1968 their Alhambra collection featured a four-leaf clover shape and suddenly that became the symbol for the brand. Shop a collection of expertly vetted vintage and new Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra jewelry from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Deciding if a Van Cleef & Arpels watch is worth the investment is really a matter of preference. The brand is a very well respected luxury brand that comes with a high price tag due to its history of quality, flawless gemstones, impeccable style and elegance. You’ll find a range of quality watches by Van Cleef and others on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The term Van Cleef Alhambra means a piece produced by the company Van Cleef & Arpels that features one or more four-leaf clover shapes. It is one of the most notable motifs used by the French jewelry house. Find a variety of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Van Cleef & Arpels typically uses 18-karat gold. This precious metal is roughly 75 percent pure gold and is the type most commonly used to produce luxury jewelry. You can find a selection of Van Cleef & Arpels gold jewelry on 1stDibs.

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