The Maison experienced a new creative impetus, crafting the first themed High Jewelry collections. Alongside groundbreaking jewelry creations such as Perlée and Frivole, the Complications Poétiques watch collection expressed Van Cleef & Arpels’ poetic vision of time.
To celebrate the dawn of the third millennium, the Maison created a spectacular dual clip adorned with Mystery Set rubies and diamonds. Worn individually or as a pair, each flower sparkles with five pear-shaped diamonds mounted on tremblers.
Launch of the Songe d’une Nuit d’Été High Jewelry collection
Van Cleef & Arpels put forth its own interpretation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece with an ode to nature and whimsical beauty.
Creation of the Frivole® collection
These floral jewels stand out for their graphic and aerial aesthetic. The mirror-polished gold endows the heart-shaped petals with a unique gleam, while the asymmetrical compositions attest to Van Cleef & Arpels’ gift for breathing life and motion into its creations.
Reinterpreting butterflies, one of its traditional sources of inspiration, the Maison worked with master lacquer artist Junichi Hakose to create wood or mother-of-pearl clips embellished with exceptional lacquer motifs.
Launch of the Boutonnière Line
Van Cleef & Arpels created a High Jewelry collection celebrating its affinity for the world of couture. Fabric was reinterpreted as a precious material while adornments and fashion accessories were recast as exceptional creations.
Launch of the Pierres de Caractère High Jewelry collection
This collection paid tribute to exceptional stones, a central facet of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations throughout its history. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires, as well as aquamarine and spessartine garnets, were extolled in High Jewelry creations.
Trésors Révélés High Jewelry collection
To mark its 100th anniversary, the Maison manufactured 11 hitherto unseen pieces based on sketches made between the 1920s and the 1960s.
Creation of the Complications Poétiques® collection with the Lady Arpels Centenaire
Blending traditional savoir-faire and technical prowess, Complications Poétiques® timepieces express a unique vision of time, always with a story to tell. These masterful mechanisms offer precious moments of emotion, reflecting the poetic world of Van Cleef & Arpels.
Une Journée à Paris High Jewelry collection
Van Cleef & Arpels paid tribute to the city of its birth with a bejeweled stroll among the most celebrated sites in the French capital: Jardin des Tuileries, Île de la Cité, Avenue Montaigne, the Eiffel Tower, the Opéra Garnier and of course Place Vendôme.
L’Atlantide High Jewelry collection
The mythical lost Kingdom of Atlantis provided inspiration for a Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry collection replete with nymphs, mermaids and sea creatures.
Ballet Précieux High Jewelry collection
Drawing inspiration from its collaboration with choreographer George Balanchine, creator of the 1967 ballet Jewels, Van Cleef & Arpels imagined a collection in four chapters: ballet, emerald, ruby and diamond.
Les Jardins High Jewelry collection
A key source of inspiration for the Maison, nature comes into bloom with a collection dedicated to gardens of every type: French gardens, English gardens, Italian gardens and even Japanese Zen gardens.
Launch of the Charms watch collection
The Charms watch, with its distinctive round case adorned with a good luck charm, has become an icon of the Maison’s watchmaking tradition.
Creation of the Perlée collection
Joyful and feminine, the Perlée collection draws from an iconic field of expertise at Van Cleef & Arpels: golden beads. Made of gold and set with diamonds or precious stones, Perlée creations can be mixed, matched and combined according to the wearer’s fancy.
“The Spirit of Beauty” exhibition at Tokyo’s Mori Arts Center
The Maison presented a retrospective exhibition in Tokyo, looking back at more than a century of creation through 250 jewelry creations, watches, fashion accessories and objets d’art.
California Rêverie High Jewelry collection
Inspired by the American West Coast, the California Rêverie collection interprets the West Coast lifestyle and quest for exoticism. Majestic landscapes, luxuriant flowers and colorful birds come to life with lissome grace.