A stone of extraordinary brilliance, the diamond takes its name from the Greek adamas, meaning “indomitable,” a fitting descriptor to express this mineral’s exceptional properties. Van Cleef & Arpels lavishes all its expertise and High Jewelry savoir-faire on this remarkable stone, to produce dazzling jewelry creations including solitaires, as well as the Snowflake and À Cheval collections. Diamonds also embellish many of the Maison’s timepieces, such as those of the Cadenas® collection.
A pure carbon crystal, the diamond has wielded its tantalizing charm in various eras and civilizations, thanks to both its qualities of resistance (the diamond is the hardest of all precious stones) and the way it reflects light. In Tibet, it was said to lead the way to the path of truth. In the Hindu tradition, diamonds captured the light of the sun. Ancient Greeks considered these stones to be tears of the gods, while the Romans saw them as fragments of stars.
Perceived over the ages as a symbol of heroism or a lucky charm ensuring peace and good health, this precious stone denotes protection, purity and immortality. As a gift to a loved one, it bespeaks the power of emotions.