HIGH JEWELRY

Butterflies

With a graceful flutter of their wings, butterflies reveal a kaleidoscope of colors in the sunlight.

The diaphanous elegance of butterflies has always fascinated Van Cleef & Arpels. Since 1906, the Maison's creations have drawn inspiration from these delicate creatures, imitating their shimmering flutter with wings of precious stones. They take flight in the Butterflies collection.

The beauty of these enchanting beings has captured the imagination of the Maison’s craftsmen over the decades.

  • Kallima butterfly ring, white gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set rubies, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 5.33 carats, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Kallima butterfly ring, white gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set rubies, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 5.33 carats, diamonds

  • Kallima butterfly ring, white gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set rubies, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 5.33 carats, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Kallima butterfly ring, white gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set rubies, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 5.33 carats, diamonds

Butterflies fill us with wonder as they herald the return of spring. These bright creatures adorn precious clips and earrings in a variety of glimmering hues from iridescent mother-of-pearl to pink and mauve sapphires. 

    Over the decades,    Van Cleef & Arpels has sought to recreate the effervescence of butterflies.

  • Butterfly Between the Finger ring, rose gold, white gold, one oval-cut spessartite garnet of 10.99 carats, one marquise-cut DWS1 diamond of 1.50 carats, pink sapphires, spessartite garnets, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
High Jewelry Butterflies take flight
Féodora butterfly clip, white gold, blue and mauve sapphires, black spinels, onyx, turquoise, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
Cybèle butterfly clip, white gold, blue and mauve sapphires, tsavorite garnets, turquoise, chrysophrase, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
Mystérieux butterfly transformable clip, white gold, Vitrail Mystery Set blue and mauve sapphires, one marquise-cut DIF diamond of 2.29 carats, sapphires, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Figurative or abstract, the myriad creations in this collection capture their joyful flight.

Essor Mystérieux earrings

Essor Mystérieux earrings, white gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, sapphires, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

White gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, sapphires, diamonds

Kallima butterfly ring

Kallima butterfly ring, white gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 3.03 carats, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

White gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 3.03 carats, diamonds

Essor Mystérieux earrings, white gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, sapphires, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
Kallima butterfly ring, white gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 3.03 carats, diamonds. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

White gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, sapphires, diamonds

White gold, rose gold, buff-topped Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, one pear-shaped DFL diamond of 3.03 carats, diamonds

A timeless symbol of femininity and elegance, it is no surprise that butterflies have been sought after in many Special Orders. These requests present an opportunity for the Maison to explore techniques to make its pieces ever more enchanting; from the volume of their form to the finesse of their setting.

  • Product-card of a Butterfly fairy clip, 1945, Van Cleef & Arpels Archives

    Product-card of a Butterfly fairy clip, 1945

  • Product-card of a Butterfly clip, 1937, Van Cleef & Arpels Archives

    Product-card of a Butterfly clip, 1937

Wherever a butterfly alights, color abounds.

  • Lycaena butterfly clip, yellow gold, pear-shaped diamonds, round mauve sapphires, round and pear-shaped spessartite garnets, onyx, moonstones, gold mother-of-pearl. Butterflies collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.