Epitomising the concept of looking back in order to think forward, Van Cleef & Arpels is known for dipping into its sizeable archive to revive, reappraise and reimagine iconic jewels from its century-plus history. This year, the Maison goes a step further by uniting not one, but two pieces of heritage in a single design with the latest addition to its fine jewellery repertoire: the Perlée diamond pavé ring.
A modern interpretation of the classic Tartelette bague from the ’40s, here contemporised with the intricate beading that characterises the Perlée collection (itself a technique dating back to the 1920s), the refreshed ring flaunts a bold signet silhouette with sensuous curves and fluted gadroons reminiscent of a scallop seashell — nature is, after all, the ageless muse of Van Cleef & Arpels. Celebrating the interplay of light, texture and volume, each sparkler is crafted by hand in rose, yellow or white gold, and its gently vaulted, elliptic dome crowned with 37 brilliant-cut diamonds of varying diameters and a total of 2.28 carats.
Stunningly sophisticated on its own, Van Cleef & Arpels’ new diamond pavé ring harmonises brilliantly with other favourites within the Perlée family, such as the gemstone-studded clovers and couleurs bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings, as well as the lucky four-leaf clovers of the Alhambra series, whose contours are similarly edged with dainty gilded grains. Self-expression has never looked more luxurious.