GILDED AGE

Van Cleef & Ar­pels lends a golden touch to the Bou­ton d’or col­lec­tion

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Zoom - Text Ter­ence Lim Pho­tog­ra­phy Ching/green­plas­tic­sol­diers Styling Jasper Loh

With the Bou­ton d’or col­lec­tion, Van Cleef & Ar­pels breathed new life into the pail­lette mo­tif. Whether it is a neck­lace, ring or pen­dant, the mai­son’s clever use of the gold pastilles-like pat­tern gives the jew­ellery pieces a mod­ern, fash­ion­able look. That Van Cleef & Ar­pels in­cor­po­rated hard­stones into the de­sign last year fur­ther strength­ened its ap­peal. This year, the Bou­ton d’or re­leases go back to ba­sics—the pail­lettes are crafted out of pink and white gold and set with di­a­monds in the cen­tres. Each but­ton is made ei­ther con­cave or con­vex to play with light and reflection. Be­cause each pail­lette is so small, as­sem­bling the pieces such that they re­main mo­bile re­quires top-notch crafts­man­ship— some­thing that the French mar­que has bags of.

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