Symbolizing luck, the Alhambra collection is inspired by the four-leaf clover. It embodies Jacques Arpels’ belief that ”To be lucky, you have to believe in luck,” and has become one of the most iconic creations of the Maison since 1968.
Alhambra sautoir, 1976Yellow gold, coral
In keeping with Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of excellence, the Alhambra collection embodies all the expertise of the Maison. The varied skills of lapidaries, jewelers, stone-setters and polishers come together to create each piece. Elegant and fanciful, the Alhambra creations gracefully echo the wearer’s movements, thanks to their fluid and pure lines.
Francoise Hardy, 1974© Catherine Rotulo
Actress Romy Schneider in Love at the Top, film by Michel Deville, 1974.© Leonard de Raemy / Sygma / Getty Images
Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, at a poetry reading in Edinburgh, 1979.© Anwar Hussein / Getty Images
Blending timeless elegance with a contemporary feel, the Alhambra collection has been seducing women since its creation. From princess Grace of Monaco to actress Romy Schneider and singer Françoise Hardy, the Alhambra long necklace has conquered the hearts of style icons with its diverse materials.
Vintage Alhambra pendantYellow gold, white mother-of-pearl
Magic Alhambra pendantYellow gold, blue Sèvres porcelain
Vintage Alhambra pendantYellow gold, malachite
Vintage Alhambra pendantYellow gold, carnelian
Vintage Alhambra pendantYellow gold, onyx
One thousand faces
To celebrate the beauty of nature, the Alhambra collection has taken on a broad palette of materials: white and grey mother-of-pearl, malachite, carnelian, lapis lazuli, hammered gold, diamonds… A genuine icon of jewelry, it has adopted a variety of colors and different-sized motifs throughout the years.
Encompassed by a delicate beaded silhouette, Alhambra creations are soft and refined pieces. Adorning a neck or gracefully ornamenting any outfit, they can be mixed together to create one’s own personalized style. Like a token of luck, Alhambra is created to accompany its wearer day after day.