Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5

Van Cleef & Arpels 18 Karat Gold Alhambra Collar Necklace



Rare in scale, this vintage Van Cleef & Arpels 18k gold open link Alhambra necklace is the ultimate statement piece. Consisting of 16 large interlocking quatrefoil links measuring approximately one inch long, the necklace captures the essence of the Alhambra collection and its iconic lucky four leaf clover design. - Length is approximately 16.25 inches - 18k gold - Signed Van Cleef & Arpels - Circa 1990s


Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 1-3 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Boston, MA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About Van Cleef & Arpels (Designer)

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 jewelry whose primary aim was the display of wealth and opulence, Van Cleef & Arpels sought to produce pieces that projected the wearer’s taste and style — winning the house a roster of dedicated, fashion-conscious clients that included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, Jacqueline Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.

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 firm distinguished itself with both the consistency of the color and clarity of its stones and the creativity of its designs. 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.

About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Boston, MA
Platinum Seller
This distinction is for experienced sellers who continually surpass customer expectations.
Established in 2007
1stDibs seller since 2018
17 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 4 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Van Cleef & Arpels White Gold Alhambra Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in London, GB

Antique 15th Century and Earlier

Van Cleef & Arpels Necklace Alhambra Collection 18 Karat Gold Bois D'Amourette
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL


Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond and 18 Karat Yellow Gold Link Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Coral Gables, FL

Late 20th Century Modern

Van Cleef & Arpels Tri-Colour Gold Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in London, GB

21st Century and Contemporary

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Red Coral 18 Karat Yellow Gold Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL


Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris Yellow Gold Collar Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL

Vintage 1970s Modern

Van Cleef & Arpels 18 Karat White Gold Byzantine Alhambra Chain
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Stamford, CT

Late 20th Century

Van Cleef & Arpels Pure Alhambra Yellow Gold 9 Station Necklace
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Bethesda, MD

Early 2000s

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery