There is something very tender and charming about Van Cleef & Arpels’ Lucky Animals Collection that one just can’t help but love. Originally unveiled in 2017, the endearing animal clips brim with childhood nostalgia and a cheeky bit of whimsy. As we enter the holiday season, the famed jeweller welcomes five lively new members to the collection.
Including The Turtle, Horse, Panda, Duck, and Pig, this new gallery of precious animals continues to keep Van Cleef & Arpels’ spirit of benevolence alive — plus, they are incredibly cute. Whether you’re looking for a sweet and meaningful gift for your loved ones, or happen to be an animal lover yourself, these enchanting charms are a sure-fire way to win anyone’s heart. Here’s why.
Intricate craftsmanship and vivid materials
Drawn and coloured with stunning splashes of hard stone, each clip is brought to life through a selection of the best materials that endow each little friend with unique vivacity and character. From The Horse’s orangey-red carnelian, to the shiny Onyx eyes on The Panda, this is a collection that shines through the details. Among our favourites is The Duck, which is set with lapis lazuli and malachite, and adorned with a harmonious blue-green colour. Even the mother-of-pearl used is of the highest quality — cloudless, with a regular reflection for white, and with very subtle nuances for grey. This is best seen in the pig, where the cherubical round form is given a gentle nature through the materials.
While the bright, even stones are a nod to the brand’s century-old expertise, it is in the cutting, polishing, and final outlining that Van Cleefs’ excellent savoir-faire shines through. Each animals’ silhouette has been individually polished by hand, and then outlined in fine, gold beads. The Panda particularly stands out for white-gold beads that bring out the bright onyx, while in other members we see certain colour combinations appear for the very first time in this collection.
The tribute to tradition
While irresistibly charming, the little animal clips were not created purely for aesthetic purposes, but are in fact an ode to the Maison’s longstanding animal tradition. In fact, we first saw such humorous creations back in 1954, in Van Cleef & Arpels’ La Boutique. Intended to make jewellery more accessible, the little charms in La Boutique were playful and light-hearted, with mischievous poses inspired by the first American cartoons. Fast-forward to today, and the same streak of humour exists, showcased in more contemporary designs, but the underlying meaning remains the same — a reflection of the benevolent and generous nature that has always been a key part of Van Cleef & Arpels as a brand.
The charming little friends
And of course, what we love most is hands-down the animals themselves. Each with a clear style and distinct personality, the individual charms all represent something different. The Panda, with a rounded tenderness, offers a symbol of friendship, while The Horse — poised and ready to break into gallop — signifies bravery and nobility. The Pig’s bright eyes are all about liveliness, and The Turtle’s peaceful character shines through curved outlines, while The Duck is depicted in a dynamic pose, with a half-open beak.
Whether you’re a fan of endearing motifs, or perhaps are particularly keen on Chinese astrology, there’s something for everyone in this heartwarming collection. To find out more, visitvancleefarpels.com.