The first section of the exhibition is dedicated to Time: the production time of the pieces as well as the historical time - 20th century - that has left its marks on the creations.
A time-honored source of inspiration for both art and jewelry, nature has always been at the heart of the Maison's creation. Plants, flowers and animals have engendered an abundance of pieces in a palette of colorful materials.
Love is at the origin of the Maison as it was founded after Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef's wedding. Some 30 pieces, as love messages or gifts, illustrate the bonds forged by Van Cleef & Arpels with certain legendary couples.