Feminine figures Feminine figures

    Feminine figures take on diverse forms to match the inspiration of the creation: pastoral fairy, goddess, nymph, butterfly, principal dancer, bayadère or an elegant silhouette, dressed for a ball.



    Ballerinas and fairies have symbolized the enchanting world of the Maison since the 1940s. Touched with an ethereal grace, these feminine figures have become a signature of Van Cleef & Arpels. 

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    Inaugurating an emblematic tradition at Van Cleef & Arpels, the Maison’s first ballerina clips were imagined in the early 1940s. Born out of Louis Arpels’ passion for dance, these feminine figures rapidly won over collectors with the grace of their postures and the beauty of their costumes. With their rose-cut diamond faces crowned with precious headdresses, they are clothed in dancing shoes and tutus made of diamonds or colored stones.

    The Maison’s links with the world of dance were reinforced when Claude Arpels, Louis Arpels’ nephew, met the well‑known choreographer George Balanchine, co‑founder of the New York City Ballet. Their shared passion for gems blossomed into an artistic partnership that produced Balanchine’s ballet Jewels, first performed in New York in April 1967. 

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    Dating from the same period than ballerinas, the fairy clips are dressed in equally dazzling attire. Their delicate charm is captured in their playful poses: a mischievous tilt of the head here, and the embellishments of a magic wand there. 

    Instantly recognizable, with their winged silhouette symbolizing joy and hope, these muses still grace Van Cleef & Arpels with their benevolent presence.

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