BRIGHT AS A BUT­TON

The new­est icon at Van Cleef & Arpels: the Bou­ton d'or

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Spotlight -

The lat­est en­trant to the uni­verse of Van Cleef & Arpels, Bou­ton d’or, de­rives in­spi­ra­tion from the archives of the mai­son, in par­tic­u­lar a tech­nique called the “pail­lette”, which was used in the 1930s. Es­sen­tially, a con­cave or con­vex plate of mother-of-pearl, car­nelian, onyx or chryso­prase is punc­tu­ated by a di­a­mond stud, and these “but­tons” are then stringed to­gether by the mas­ter­ful Mains d’or at Van Cleef & Arpels to cul­mi­nate in a three-di­men­sional suite.

From above: Bou­ton d’or pen­dant in pink gold with mother- of-pearl, car­nelians and di­a­monds; archival pieces of the pail­lette tech­nique

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