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01– Since its creation in 1968, theAlhambraIt has been famous for showcasing hard stones like lapis lazuli and malachite, which are then encapsulated in perfectly round golden beads. Not only do they provide a beautiful contrast, you could say that Van Cleef & Arpels pioneered its use back then until it became the firm it is today, differentiating itself from other jewelers today.
02– TheAlhambraToday’s family is big. To start, pieces under theAncient Alhambrathey come in exactly the same size as theAlhambramotif used on the first long necklace created in 1968. New additions have been added over the years, fromPure Alhambrain 2001 (smooth slick lines without the Beaded gold edges) toLucky Alhambra(pieces that feature additional motifs besides the four-leaf clover) andMagic Alhambra(a selection of high jewelery in larger motifs).
03– Then there isByzantine Alhambra,created in 2006 that presents openwork motifs without jewels or stones. In 2007,Sweet Alhambralaunched, a delightful selection of miniature jewelery for petite ladies with smaller, more delicate wrists and of course for the very young.
04– Apart from the jewelery pieces, the motif also stands out inAlhambrawatches that feature the iconic emblem as the watch face. Launched in 1998, it has become a favorite among fans of the Maison, both a piece of Jewelry and a timekeeper.
05–Van Cleef & Arpels emphasizes quality and precision to the highest standards, and the same can be said forAlhambrajewelery pieces Only the finest diamonds, mother-of-Pearl and hard stones are chosen before they are meticulously cut and polished to reveal a precious shine. The gold is then melted down to form the iconic bead setting, before it is hand finished and polished by expert jewelers to create a piece that is truly Van Cleef & Arpels from start to finish.
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