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As Claude Arpels used to say, "every stone has a soul of its own." These Pierres de Caractère™ shine bright with emotion and character, set within designs that capture the thrill induced by such precious stones. The Maison's High Jewelry creations are a celebration of the boldness and elegance of each unique gem. Van Cleef & Arpels shines a light on these exceptional stones, revealing every nuance of their color, and each refined facet.
Let us go back in time to the creation of Van Cleef & Arpels. Born of the marriage between Estelle Arpels, a precious stone merchant's daughter, and Alfred Van Cleef, a lapidary's son, the Maison is built on exceptional stones.
This union is the foundation for Van Cleef & Arpels' reputation in the High Jewelry world. With strict standards and the technical expertise to bring forth the inner beauty of precious stones, the Maison has had the honor of handling many legendary gems like the Blue Princess sapphire and the Maharajahs' emeralds.
In its quest for stones of the highest quality, the Maison follows a stringent selection process. Purity, color, elegance of the cut... all are closely examined. Some stones stand out with their enthralling beauty, earning the title of Pierre de Caractère.
This collection celebrates precious stones expressing colorful emotions. Tourmaline meets emerald and yellow diamond mingles with turquoise in a whirlwind of shades that bring pleasure to the senses.
The journey to find a stone worthy of the Pierre de Caractère collection takes us to distant lands, following the Maison's expert gemologists. Every stone tells a story, carefully translated into each creation by the Maison's craftsmen.