HIGH JEWELRY

Pierres de Caractères

Shimmering in the light, every stone in the Pierres de Caractère™ collection embodies excellence.

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.

  • Gouaché design of Merveille d'émeraudes necklace with detachable pendants, Pierres de Caractère™ collection, Van Cleef & Arpels
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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.

Tendresse étincelante earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.15 carats, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.06 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, diamonds. Pierres de Caractère collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Tendresse étincelante earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.15 carats, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.06 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, diamonds

Tendresse étincelante earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.15 carats, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.06 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, diamonds.  Pierres de Caractère™ collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Tendresse étincelante earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.15 carats, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.06 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, diamonds

Tendresse étincelante earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.15 carats, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.06 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, diamonds. Pierres de Caractère collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
Tendresse étincelante earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.15 carats, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.06 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, diamonds.  Pierres de Caractère™ collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Tendresse étincelante earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.15 carats, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.06 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, diamonds

Tendresse étincelante earrings with detachable pendants, white gold, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.15 carats, one pear-shaped DFL type 2A diamond of 10.06 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 1.20 carats, diamonds

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.

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  • Jewelry work, assembling, Rubis en scène bracelet, Pierres de Caractère™ collection, Van Cleef & Arpels

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.

  • Spirale transformable necklace, white gold, 315 emerald beads for 688,70 carats (Afghanistan), diamonds. Pierres de Caractère collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Spirale transformable necklace, white gold, 315 emerald beads for 688,70 carats (Afghanistan), diamonds.

  • Spirale transformable necklace, white gold, 315 emerald beads for 688,70 carats (Afghanistan), diamonds. Pierres de Caractère collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Spirale transformable necklace, white gold, 315 emerald beads for 688,70 carats (Afghanistan), diamonds.

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.

  • Brush polishing work, Adela ring, Pierres de Caractère collection, Van Cleef & Arpels
The Adela ring and its remarkable center stone, in the workshops
Rail setting work, Adela ring, Pierres de Caractère collection, Van Cleef & Arpels
Work on the Mystery Set rubies, Adela ring, Pierres de Caractère collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
Mystery Set work, inserting the stone into the rail, Adela ring, Pierres de Caractère collection, Van Cleef & Arpels