Spirit of Beauty Fairy clip, 1944, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection
Along with ballerinas, fairies are the principal figurative representations of the feminine form found among Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations. As such, they are the incarnation of femininity.
Fairies first entered the universe of Van Cleef & Arpels in the early 1940s, with the Lady Dragonfly or the Spirit of Beauty fairy clip set in platinum with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds. Since then, they have become one of the Maison’s best-loved icons.
Folie des Prés Fairy clip, 2003, Midsummer Night's Dream collection
These delicate feminine figures share certain specific characteristics. They are always portrayed in movement, in a variety of graceful postures, and dressed in sparkling costumes. The Folies des Prés fairy clip in white gold is surrounded by a garland of flowers in pink and mauve sapphires punctuated with dewdrops in diamonds.
Caresse d'Ecole Fairy clip, 2003, Midsummer Night's Dream collection
Their faces are represented by a rose-cut diamond, its facets positioned to depict the lines of the face. Although not as brilliant as a modern cut diamond, these gems have a unique charm that evokes the jewels of the 15th century.
This Caresse d'Eole Fairy clip is set in white gold with diamonds and a rose-cut diamond face.
Fairy Poetic Complications™ timepiece, 2008
The precise shape of the face is used to heighten the mischievous or the feminine side of these mysterious creatures. Delicate and fascinating, they are said to watch over all the Earth’s inhabitants. The dial of the Fairy Poetic Complications™ timepiece reveals a delicate fairy, a true goddess of time. Her wings and body are strewn with round diamonds and her face is represented by a pear-shaped diamond.
Eternae Fairy clip, 2009, Papillons collection
Simultaneously a goddess, a nymph, and a muse, the fairy is the feminine incarnation of all the beauty and power of nature. The Eternae Fairy clip is set in white gold with colored diamonds and the characteristic rose-cut diamond face.