The Alhambra collection makes 50 years of tradition and beauty.
In 1954, Van Cleef & Arpels launched a collection that would change forever as women approached and wore fine jewelry. Already celebrated around the world for its exceptional jewelry, the French house broke with tradition and opened La Boutique, a store inside a store at its address 22 Place Vendôme. This was the jeweler’s first foray into more accessible and easy-to-use pieces – an interval that included the iconic Alhambra necklace. Designed as a long gold chain with 20 four-leaf clover-shaped pendants – an exclusive theme by Van Cleef & Arpels – the Alhambra debuted in 1968, inspired by Jacques Arpel’s belief in lucky talismans and quickly became a trademark some of the most fashionable women in the world including Elizabeth Taylor, Françoise Hardy and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Fifty years after the launch of the first Alhambra necklace, Maison is celebrating the design with new iterations that promise to be so durable. In this year of celebration Van Cleef & Arpels is reinventing the Alhambra in a tonal-mother-of-pearl gray with pink gold and diamonds. Along with this impressive new introduction are two exceptional models adorned with lapis lazuli, as well as two others with rhinestone – a tribute to the stones that the house has commonly referred to throughout its history.
“The long necklace from the Alhambra captured the spirit of the times and introduced new ways of wearing jewelry in everyday life,” explains Nicolas Bos, president and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels. “Fifty years later, it is a reference that has profoundly influenced the history of jewelry.” -Alyssa Montemurro