Van Cleef & Arpels adds an astounding new collection into its universe of most fabulous jewels and it is literally out of this world! The latest collection, Sous les Étoiles or heavenly dreams, looks to the universe for inspiration, and it’s a masterclass in jewellery-making and gemology. Sous les Étoiles is the epitome of all things beautiful.
“The Maison has always been interested in the instant where observing nature encounters poetry and the imagination,” states Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels. “For this new collection, we wanted to prolong the adventure that began with Jules Verne, by exploring the literary and scientific tradition of which his work forms a part. It led us to the classical author Lucian of Samosata imagining a voyage in space, to Johannes Kepler and his inspirational text The Dream, or Lunar Astronomy – written in the early 17th century – and to Camille Flammarion, who published his wonderfully illustrated Astronomie populaire in 1880.”
For the complete composition of this high jewellery collection; designers, jewellers and expert gemologists have immersed themselves in a multitude of representations of the cosmos, from works of popular science – like Camille Flammarion’s L’Astronomie populaire, published in 1880 – to the magnificent cosmic landscapes revealed by recent astronomical images. No detail was spared, and the universe was the limit.
Feast your eyes on the anything-but-subtle Van Cleef & Arpels’ Sous les Étoiles high jewellery collection here.
1. Planétarium High Jewellery watch
2. Nuée d’émeraudes necklace
This necklace is inspired by the comet 41P which is a member of the Jupiter family and its blue-green glow can sometimes be seen at night, if you’re lucky. The emerald, sapphire and diamond baguettes setting looks like an explosion of light around the neck. At the tips are 96 emeralds weighing a total of 62.30 carats, and the entire necklace sits delicately around the décolletage thanks to its flexible structure.
3. Terre et Lune bracelet
Back in 2010, the Maison paid homage to Jules Verne’s novel De la Terre à la Lune (From the Earth to the Moon, 1865) in its Les Voyages Extraordinaires high jewellery collection. Now, the earth and moon come together surrounded by dazzling diamonds, baguette-cut sapphires, and yellow sapphires. Unparalleled craftsmanship is at the heart of this bracelet, where several complicated techniques are employed to set the precious stones to make this jewel the outstanding piece of arm candy that it is in this Van Cleef & Arpels’ Sous les Étoiles collection.
4. The Céphéide set
5. Goddess Neptune clips
(Photos: Van Cleef & Arpels)
This story first appeared in Prestige Online – Malaysia