The Bouton d’or collection expresses all the excellence of Van Cleef & Arpels' strict stones selection. For the hard stones, the Maison has been particularly attentive to the homogeneity and vivacity of their color. The mother-of-pearl used by Van Cleef & Arpels offers a regular surface and a luster of the highest quality, while its diamonds are selected according to the Maison’s standards.
They thus enhance the beauty of materials that have themselves been hand‑polished to magnify their radiance. To ensure the complete harmony of each piece, the pastilles that compose it are carefully matched for color. When brought together they compose a perfect symphony of jewelry.
A specific jewelry expertise
The jewelry expertise requires an exceptional degree of precision, meticulousness and technical skill. Once the various gold pieces have been shaped by hand, they undergo successive polishing – a particularly delicate process for the concave and convex shapes of the Paillette motifs. The glitter of the precious metal must be revealed, while carefully preserving the form of the motif.
In gold, mother-of-pearl or hard stone, each pastille is adorned at its center with a diamond in closed setting that illuminates the different materials. To ensure the pieces’ suppleness and flexibility, these motifs are carefully attached together: the process calls for a precise and agile hand, since hundreds of components must be joined together. The end result is then carefully examined to guarantee that it meets the Maison’s stringent criteria for quality and finish.