Butterflies offer an inexhaustible source of inspiration, expressing the nature in movement so dear to Van Cleef & Arpels.
Embodying the joyous renewal of spring, butterflies move gracefully through the air and carry the message of the benevolence of nature from flower to flower. Since the 1920s, the Maison has used different materials to convey their graceful flight and infinite hues.
Spinelle butterfly Between the Finger™ ring
Lycaena butterfly clip
Malachite butterfly clip
Nacre butterfly clip
With their graceful shapes and infinite colors, butterflies took the form of precious clips and earrings from the 1920s onwards. Flying through the Van Cleef & Arpels collections, these muses have also inspired numerous Special Orders.
Retail card of a Butterfly clip, 1937 - Van Cleef & Arpels Archives
Retail card of a Fée Papillon clip, 1945 - Van Cleef & Arpels Archives
Whether interpreted in a figurative or more abstract manner, they have represented all the unique craftsmanship of the Maison in their gradations of colored stones, their three-dimensional forms and the finesse of their settings.
A symbol of femininity in Japan, the butterfly also symbolizes eternal love in China.