“To be lucky, you must believe in luck” was a mantra that Jacques Arpels lived by. The nephew of the founders of Van Cleef & Arpels would gather four-leaf clovers from his garden and give them to his staff, along with the poem Don’t Quit, as an encouragement to never lose hope. It was his belief in good luck charms that served as the inspiration for the Maison’s iconic Alhambra collection, beloved by women of elegance from Grace Kelly and Françoise Hardy to Blake Lively and Sharon Stone.
Shaped like a four-leaf clover, with beaded edges reminiscent of the scalloped arches of its namesake palace in Spain, the talismanic token has enjoyed continued popularity since its inauguration in 1968 – a stroke of fortuity indeed for the jewellery house. Now, Van Cleef & Arpels adds another sautoir to its Vintage Alhambra series, here rendered in iridescent grey mother-of-pearl and lustrous rose gold.
One of the Maison’s all-time favourite materials, silvery mother-of-pearl from French Polynesia forms the heart of this pendant, its nuanced sheen evoking a sense of femininity, gentleness, and protection. A delicate border of tiny gold grains frames the quatrefoil motif, polished by hand to summon a warm glow. Swinging gracefully from a fluid rose gold chain, the captivating design is the quintessence of Van Cleef & Arpels’ sophistication and savoir-faire, and assuredly a modern heirloom worthy of being passed down through the generations.
Take a peek at how it’s made in the gallery below:
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