Since 1941, the Dancers have gracefully embodied the refinement of Van Cleef & Arpels . Introducing the tradition of feminine figures dear to the Maison, they were born out of Louis Arpels’ fascination for the art of dance and have been twirling ever since.
Dancer clip, 1943Yellow gold, coral
Dancer clip, 1944Yellow gold, white gold, rubies, sapphires, diamond
Swan Lake powder case, 1946Yellow gold, rubies, sapphires, diamonds
Dancer clip, 1947Yellow gold, rubies, sapphires, emerald, diamond
Dancer clip, 1947Yellow gold, rubies, diamond
The passion for ballet
This is a story of passion. Ever since Louis Arpels had made a habit of going to Palais Garnier a few entrechats from place Vendôme, Van Cleef & Arpels united with the art of dance. A passion that came to life with the first Dancer clips in 1941. Since then, world famous ballets have inspired some creations imbued with grace.
The quest for movement
Jewelry and dance share in common the dedication to precision and finesse. In carefully observing ballet dancers, Van Cleef & Arpels created a poetry of movement: touched by grace, the ballerinas seem to be dancing on pointe and spinning for eternity. A perfect arabesque, an aerial jeté and an exquisite entrechat become precious pieces in the hands of the craftsmen.
A ballet of tutus
Pleated gold, precious gems, ornamental stones… the Mains d’Or™ create tutus that perfectly mimic the shapes and textures of stage costumes. Reflecting the Maison’s know-how, they dress the dancers with thousands of colors. Their rose-cut diamond faces are the signatures of these elegant and feminine figures.
Drawing featuring an Asian dancer clip, circa 1945
Drawing featuring an isles dancer clip, circa 1945
Nikiya ballerina clip, 2013White gold, oval-cut pink sapphire of 6.39 carats (Madagascar), emeralds, yellow and pink sapphires, spessartite garnets, aquamarines, rubellites, diamonds
Danseuse thaïlandaise ballerina clip, 2017White gold, yellow gold, yellow sapphires, onyx, diamonds.
Danseuse au chapeau ballerina clip, 2018White gold, coral, onyx, diamonds
Dancers of the world
Adorned with colors and costumes from around the world, the dancers of Van Cleef & Arpels celebrate the exotic facets of the dancing arts. From the Celestial Empire to the spellbinding Orient, they reflect the Maison’s curiosity for other cultures.