A potent symbol of the sun’s glory, gold has been revered by Man since the dawn of time. It is the only precious metal to possess a yellow color in its natural state. Unaffected by air and moisture, gold jewelry retains its original luster for thousands of years. It is also the most malleable metal: a block of pure gold can be transformed into gold leaf just a few hundredths of a millimeter thick.
Because of the ductility of gold, other metals such as copper and silver are added to strengthen it, creating an alloy. The purity of the resulting alloy is measured in Karats.
Frivole 8-flower ring
Frivole 2-flower ring
24-karat gold is 100% pure, with no added metals. Van Cleef & Arpels uses 18-karat gold for all its jewelry creations. Composed of 75% gold and also known as 750 thousandths, 18-karat gold contains 125 thousandths of copper and 125 thousandths of silver. Yellow gold adorns Van Cleef & Arpels’ Frivole collection, among others.
To provide clients with a guarantee of the highest quality, the Maison’s jewelers stamp all gold jewelry with a hallmark certifying its purity.
In France and throughout much of the world, this 18-karat hallmark depicts the head of an eagle; in some countries like Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, the 18-karat hallmark depicts the head of a St. Bernard and a scale of 750 thousandths.