History of the Alhambra collection

A value dear to the Maison, luck has been a perennial guiding light for Van Cleef & Arpels, inspiring some of its most iconic creations. Four-leaf clover motifs first appeared in the Maison’s archives as early as the 1920s, embellishing select creations over the years alongside other symbols of good fortune, including wooden talismans, charms, and benevolent fairies. Jacques Arpels, the nephew of the founding couple and an avid collector, would often pick four-leaf clovers in his backyard, offering them to his employees as good luck charms.

  • Product card of a Clover pendant, 1948, Van Cleef & Arpels Archives

    Product card of a Clover pendant, 1948. Van Cleef & Arpels Archives

“To be lucky, you have to believe in luck,” Jacques Arpels liked to say.

In 1968, the Maison created the first Alhambra® long necklace, composed of 20 clover-shaped motifs in creased yellow gold and trimmed with gold beads. This symbolic design achieved immediate success and was recognized throughout the world as a token of luck, emblematic of Van Cleef & Arpels.

A veritable signature of the Maison, the Alhambra collection has consistently reinvented itself over the decades to become today’s current collection, enriched with a wide range of materials, colors, and symbols.

  • Van Cleef & Arpels catalogue, 1973, Van Cleef & Arpels Archives

    Van Cleef & Arpels catalogue, 1973, Van Cleef & Arpels Archives