VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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In jew­ellery, the cir­cle rep­re­sents love, trust and fidelity – that which is ever­last­ing be­cause it has no be­gin­ning and no end. Van Cleef & Arpels has looked to this sym­bol of eter­nity for two new de­signs for its Per­lée col­lec­tion, un­adorned save for rows upon rows of beads en­cir­cling a bracelet and a ring. The in­di­vid­u­ally pol­ished gold beads are hand-placed across three or five curved rows, creat­ing an op­u­lent three-di­men­sional ef­fect, while cra smen also ap­plied the house’s mir­ror-pol­ish­ing tech­nique to lend an iri­des­cent sheen to the un­der­side of the pieces. The bracelets are avail­able in three sizes, and have a dis­crete clasp mech­a­nism hid­den un­der a sin­gle, larger bead. Gilded beads have ap­peared in the mai­son’s cre­ations since the 1920s, ini­tially by them­selves and later paired with ru­bies, di­a­monds and pearls. The sim­plic­ity of the two new de­signs, though, is no less ef­fec­tive, be­cause they em­brace the 120-year-old mai­son’s tra­di­tion of su­pe­rior cra sman­ship. The cir­cle con­tin­ues.

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