A true icon of Van Cleef & Apparels, the vintage Alhambra pendant has recently received a twist, coming in the form of grey mother-of-pearl.
Back in 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra collection was first introduced, drawing inspiration from the charming four-leaf clover. A jeweled celebration of luck, the emblematic line has since been constantly lending itself to various materials and occasions, resulting in a variety of elegant interpretations.
The latest creation offers a striking meeting of materials, as the Vintage Alhambra pendant is graced by the striking, iridescent hues of grey mother-of-pearl.
A material produced naturally inside shellfish, there’s something enchanting about the way grey mother-of-pearl reflects the light that brings about a sense of femininity and protectiveness. For this particular design, Van Cleef & Arpels opted for the finest option available, coming from the French Polynesia.
Keeping with design codes that are purely Alhambra, we see the motifs adorned with a delicate beaded contour — created, naturally, through a traditional technique signature to the brand. We especially love the rose gold shade, achieved through an alloy of gold, copper, and silver unique to Van Cleef.
As with other offerings from the Maison, exquisite craftsmanship goes into the making of the Vintage Alhambra pendant — the grey motifs are softly framed by an elegant beaded border that is carefully reworked by a skilled team of master jewellers before the prongs are finally bent down to hold the design in place.
The jewel comes to life through a final polish, illuminating the unison of materials. No fewer than fifteen steps are involved in the making of the piece, resulting in an iconic accessory designed to last for generations.
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