Beneath an azure sky bathed in light, Van Cleef & Arpels contemplates the dancing reflections of the Mediterranean. Famous for its shades of blue – from intense ultramarine to limpid turquoise – the sea, rich in legends, undulates beneath the watchful gaze of its protective guardians, pink flamingos and sea fairies.
Like a sea trembling beneath the breeze’s caress, the Clapotis necklace unfurls volutes set with sapphires and round and pear-shaped diamonds. Embraced by these arabesques, a tourmaline weighing 15.73 carats draws the gaze to the center of the piece. Evoking the shores of the Mediterranean, its bright and vivid lagoon green complements the whiteness of a large cultured pearl, plunging deep into the neckline. The latter can be removed – along with the jewelry motif from which it is suspended – enabling the necklace to be worn in different ways. Alternately sparkling, luminous and iridescent, the materials combine into a precious, crystalline melody to suit every occasion.
The deep blue of the open sea, limpid coastal waters, the dazzling white of foam on the sand... The various shades of the Mediterranean come together on this bracelet composed of lapis lazuli, turquoise, pearls and diamonds. Its braided structure makes it highly flexible and enables it to reproduce the volume of a breaking wave. A traditional technique at Van Cleef & Arpels, the knotted threading used for these pearls also gives great strength to this azure breaker.
Attracted by the joyous and colorful allure of birds, Van Cleef & Arpels has often paid tribute to them in its creations. The pink flamingo, that graceful inhabitant of the Mediterranean shoreline, here seems to spread its wings around the neck in a delicate pastel embrace. Thanks to meticulous articulation, its plumage – adorned with pink sapphires and diamonds – is reproduced in all its lightness. Like precious droplets, the pear-shaped stones complete the central motif, with its association of two different shades of coral. The bird’s body – remarkable for its curved volume clad in ethereal feathers – can become a clip, in keeping with the Maison’s tradition of transformable pieces.
This mermaid gracefully cleaves the waters of the Mediterranean, a sparkling jewel in her hands. A halo of light seems to illuminate her rose-cut diamond face, along with her long hair that undulates in the current. Renewing the tradition of fairies created by Van Cleef & Arpels since the 1940s, this spellbinding creature is further magnified by a new Mystery Set technique.
Sirène Mystérieuse clip: Gouaché
Unveiled in 2014 on the Libellule clip, this unique savoir-faire enables the Maison to multiply the plays of reflections, colors and reliefs, while highlighting the translucence of the gems. Here, the eye encounters a delicate gradation of blue and violet sapphires that completes the outline of the mermaid. Thanks to stone cutting of great precision, each gem has been intricately buffed on one side to bring out a rounded softness, and faceted on the other for added brilliance. It is then perfectly inserted into the golden setting, which remains invisible on both sides of the piece. A feat of jewelry making becomes an art of mystery, which here finds its ultimate expression.