Oiseau sur la branche transformable long necklace, collection Le Secret White gold, yellow gold, emeralds, rubies, blue and pink sapphires, onyx, white cultured pearls, 240 ruby beads for a total of 567.14 carats (Burma).
This transformable long necklace from the High Jewelry collection Le Secret artfully hides a bird nestling at its heart, in the central jewelry motif. A diamond door slides open to reveal a carved nightingale against a background of sapphires and buff-topped emeralds.
This art of metamorphosis also finds expression in the piece itself, which can be worn in three different ways: one long and two short. The various configurations give free rein to an ensemble of colors and motifs evoking Asia.
Making of Walska brooch's metamorphosis, 1971, Private Collection
Find out more about this technical and aesthetic achievement from Van Cleef & Arpels in this film about the magnificent Walaska brooch’s metamorphosis.
Antique Zip necklace, 1951, Van Cleef & Arpels' Collection
Transformability of jewelry is one of the creative principles of Van Cleef & Arpels. Many of the Maison’s most celebrated pieces can be worn in more than one way, transforming from necklaces into bracelets or belts. Some parts can often be removed and worn separately.
By simply closing the zipper, the Zip necklace changes into a bracelet.
Passe-partout necklace, 1940, Van Cleef & Arpels' Collection
For instance, the famous Passe-partout can be transformed into a bracelet, a necklace, a clip, or a belt…
Clématite set, 2008, Les Jardins Collection
The Clématite set is composed of a ribbon of diamonds adorned with an oval mauve sapphire. From this stone, two precious strands of diamonds issue forth and end with two pear-shaped pink sapphires from Madagascar, weighing a total of 18.72 carats. The necklace can be transformed 4 different ways, while the two strands of diamonds set with pink sapphires can be converted into earrings.
Océan necklace, 2011, H.R.H Princess Charlène's Collection
The Océan necklace, a royal gift from H.R.H Prince Albert II of Monaco to H.R.H Princess Charlène, can also be worn as a tiara.