Founded 1906. The Van Cleef & Arpels brand instantly conjures up the concept of diamonds, rare rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The high-jewelry house consistently strives to improve methods of cutting stones, mounting, and crafting pieces that are treasured through generations. Faithful to the spirit of their founders, each piece of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry is designed to enhance the beauty of exceptional stones. Although Van Cleef & Arpels has purchased exceptional specimens, it has also brought rare but less valuable stones, such as aquamarines, mandarin garnets and rubellites, to light. Van Cleef & Arpels sometimes chose to highlight the poetry of more unexpected materials, such as mother-of-pearl, snake-wood and lacquer.

 

Since their inception, Van Cleef & Arpels Bracelet replica have been associated with events that have marked the lives of princely, royal and imperial families around the world. Clients have included His Royal Highness Don Antonio of Orléans and Grand Duke Dmitri in the 1920s, Princess de Faucigny Lucinge, Baron Thyssen, the Duchess of Windsor and the Duke of Westminster in the 1930s, Queen Nazli and King Farouk of Egypt, Baron James de Rothschild, Countesses de Rohan Chabot and d’Harcourt, the Maharani of Baroda, Princess de Réthy, then King Baudoin of Belgium, Princess von Turn und Taxis, the Marquis of Cuevas , Queen Sirikit of Thailand in the 1950s, and then, in the following decades, Baron Guy de Rothschild, the Princess of Wales, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, the Aga Khan family, etc.

 


Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry replica sought to appeal to a sophisticated, cosmopolitan clientele. Legend has it that Charles Arpels witnessed the dancer and socialite Florence Jay Gould slipping her lipstick into a plain white tin and balked at the idea of glamorous women having no suitable containers to hold their essential belongings. In 1930 Van Cleef & Arpels introduced the Minaudiére, a sleek version of the vanity cases of the day, meant to hold a woman’s lipstick, handkerchief, and powder puff with style and ease. As early as the 1920’s the firm started to produce platinum wrist and pocket watches set with diamonds and crystal. The Cadenas watch, created in 1936, sought to marry form, function, and beauty. The piece consisted of a jewel encrusted watch face, and a double strand chain capped with a jeweled ball. The design appeared more decorative than a plain watch, yet more functional than a bracelet alone. Van Cleef & Arpels were always developing new styles and settings. One of the most enduring techniques developed by the House is the Mystery Setting, patented between 1934 and 1936. The stunning pieces of jewelry consist of hundreds of small gems which seem to float on top of the structure with no visible mounting. The surfaces are created using an extremely fine rose gold mesh which hugs the contours of the stones resulting in a seamless surface of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, or diamonds.