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  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched five decades ago as long, simple gold necklace with clover links, the Alhambra collection was broadened to include a rich variety of models and materials, such as malachite, cornelian, tiger’s eye and onyx, but the mother-of-pearl, a symbol of maternal security and well-being, remains the Maison’s bestseller.

  • Artist Biography

    Van Cleef & Arpels


    When Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels fell in love, their marriage paved the way for iconic jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels to become a symbol of unification. With their background in precious stone dealing, the Arpels found their perfect match in the Van Cleefs, a family of expert stonecutters. In 1906, Estelle's brother Charles established the company name with Alfred's help and opened shop in the Place Vendôme in Paris. To this day, this Parisian neighborhood is associated with turn-of-the-century luxury.

    The Van Cleef & Arpels aesthetic has always had its finger on the pulse of worldwide trends: For example, the house took inspiration from Tutankhamen upon the Egyptian king's discovery in the 1920s, which spurred a global phenomenon marrying Egyptian Revival and Art Deco motifs. Over the decades, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced intricate watches, earrings and necklaces with a signature elegance that mirrors contemporary tastes. 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

A Mother-of-Pearl 'Alhambra' Necklace, and a Matching Onyx Bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels

Both signed VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels, necklace numbered JB170346 and bracelet numbered BL132196
Necklace length approximately 380 to 410mm
Bracelet length approximately 175mm

HK$35,000 - 50,000 

Sold for HK$62,500

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018