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Vintage Alhambra Necklace
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Vintage Alhambra Necklace

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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, in 1906 — and this sentiment is embedded in the Vintage Alhambra necklace. The Alhambra collection, as well as its varied subcategories, has come to largely represent Van Cleef & Arpels. A favorite of glamorous icons who range from Elizabeth Taylor to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, the celebrated maison’s signature line has never gone out of production. Today, Alhambra includes several new styles, with necklaces, watches, bracelets and rings embellished with various gemstones.

The first Alhambra jewel debuted in 1968. It was an all-gold necklace dotted with 20 gold clovers, edged with gold beads. At the time of its launch, casual and unadorned jewelry was uncommon, and, owing to its simple beauty, delicacy and the fact that it needn’t be set aside for formal wear, the Alhambra necklace immediately garnered the adoration of women all over the world. It’s a classic in the history of contemporary jewelry design, but the origin of its instantly recognizable clover motif has historical significance too. The quatrefoil shape is drawn from keyhole arches that populate Moorish architecture, and the series is named for the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain, which Moorish poets have deemed “a pearl set in emeralds” for its whitewashed walls encircled by lush grasses and trees.

Within a couple of years of the Alhambra necklace’s debut, artisans at Van Cleef & Arpels were setting the now-famous quatrefoil motif at the center of the series with panels of colorful opaque hard stones, such as malachite, lapis lazuli, onyx and more. What is now known as the Vintage Alhambra collection, which includes rings, pendants and more, is characterized by pieces that feature these stones and a beaded border.

The Vintage Alhambra necklace is also emblematic of Van Cleef & Arpels’s long-standing commitment to fine craftsmanship and its ability to establish enduring trends. With such grand narratives — and prominent figures — linked to the necklace, it is no wonder that it has remained so covetable and beloved since its very first appearance.

Vintage Alhambra Necklace

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Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra 20 Motif Tiger’s Eye Necklace in 18K Gold
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Dallas, TX
Classic Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra long-version necklace featuring 20 Tiger’s Eye clover motifs and set in 18 karat yellow gold. Created in 1968 and taking design cues from ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Link Necklaces

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Tiger's Eye, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Blue Agate 10 Motifs Vintage Alhambra Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in MIAMI, FL
Amazing timeless design by Van Cleef & Arpels. This amazing necklace is from the Alhambra collection. Inspired by the clover leaf, these icons of luck are adorned with a border of go...
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2010s Modern Pendant Necklaces

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Agate, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Diamond / Turquoise 20 Motif Necklace New
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic limited edition rare and highly collectible Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra diamond and turquoise 20 Motif necklace. Set in 18 Yellow Gold. Necklace can be ...
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2010s Link Necklaces

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Diamond, Turquoise, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Rock Crystal 20 Motif Necklace New
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic rare and highly collectible Van Cleef & Arpels very rare Vintage Alhambra Rock Crystal 20 Motif necklace. Set in 18 Yellow Gold. Necklace can be worn as a singl...
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2010s Link Necklaces

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18k Gold

Rare Van Cleef & Arpels 7 Motif Alhambra Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A Rare Van Cleef & Arpels 7 Motif Alhambra Necklace made in 18 Karat Yellow Gold.
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20th Century Chain Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra 20 Motifs Carnelian Gold Long Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Banbury, GB
Authentic Van Cleef & Arpels 18 karat yellow gold long necklace featuring 20 clover leaf-inspired motifs. The necklace comes with the original Van Cleef & Arpels pouch. Retail Price...
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2010s Chain Necklaces

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Carnelian, Gold, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Turquoise Vintage Alhambra 18k Yellow Gold Pendant Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
Designer: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection: Vintage Alhambra Style: 1 Motif Necklace Metal Type: Yellow Gold Metal Purity: 18k Stone: Rare Turquoise Pendant Size : Medium ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Pendant Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Malachite 20 Motif Gold Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Banbury, GB
18k Yellow Gold Alhambra 20 Motifs Malachite Necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels was made in 2014. With 20 motifs of Malachite Alhambra stones 15mm each. This necklace comes with VCA or...
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2010s Chain Necklaces

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Malachite, Gold, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Black Onyx Vintage Alhambra 20 Motif Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Banbury, GB
Gorgeous authentic rare and highly collectible Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Black Onyx 20 Motif necklace. This piece comes with an original pouch and authentic card. Retail P...
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2010s Chain Necklaces

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Onyx, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Carnelian Necklace 18KY
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Faithful to the very first Alhambra jewel created in 1968, the Vintage Alhambra creations by Van Cleef & Arpels are distinguished by their unique, timeless elegance. Inspired by the ...
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2010s Chain Necklaces

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Diamond, Carnelian, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Letterwood Gold Vintage Alhambra 20 Motif Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Banbury, GB
Gorgeous authentic rare and highly collectible Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra letter wood 20 Motif necklace. This piece comes with an original pouch original box and authentic c...
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2010s Chain Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels 20 Motif Mother of Pearl Vintage Alhambra Gold Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Alhambra 20 Motifs Mother Of Pearl Necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. With 20 motifs of mother of pearl Alhambra stones 15mm each. This necklace comes with service pape...
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21st Century and Contemporary Link Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Coral Yellow Gold Pendant Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Vintage Coral Alhambra Pendant Necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. With Alhambra cut coral stone. Details: Measurements: Length: 16.5" & 14.5" Pendant: 15mm Weight: 5 gr...
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20th Century Pendant Necklaces

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Coral, Yellow Gold

18 Karat White Gold Van Cleef & Arpels Chain
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Stamford, CT
A wonderfully discontinued 32 inch 18Kt white gold chain by Van Cleef & Arpels. The Turquoise color is now discontinued as well as the chain. The weight of the chain is 103 grams. Se...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Chain Necklaces

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Turquoise, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Rock Crystal 20 Motif Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic highly collectible Van Cleef & Arpels very rare Vintage Alhambra Rock Crystal 20 Motif necklace. Set in 18 Yellow Gold. Necklace can be worn as a single strand ...
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2010s Chain Necklaces

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18k Gold

Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels collectable Lapis Alhambra 20 Motif VCA Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
Faithful to the very first Alhambra jewel created in 1968, the Vintage RARE Alhambra creations by Van Cleef & Arpels are distinguished by their unique, timeless elegance. Inspired by...
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Vintage 1960s Link Necklaces

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Lapis Lazuli, 18k Gold

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