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  • Catalogue Essay

    First introduced in 1968, the four-leaf clover in the 'Alhambra' Collection soon became a signature design of the House. Women from all over the world fell under the spell of these quatrefoils that symbolize luck, fortune, love and health, including Princess Grace of Monaco who was seen styling multiple strands of Alhambra necklaces on many occasions. The clover shape is borrowed from and named after the Moorish quatrefoil, which appeared as scalloped archways in the Alhambra Palace in Granada. The current necklace is possibly a vintage 1970's Alhambra necklace, distinguished from the recent production by the coiled wire links and a solo quatrefoil set as a pendant in the middle of the chain.

  • Artist Biography

    Van Cleef & Arpels

    French

    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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A Diamond 'Alhambra' Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels

Signed Van Cleef & Arpels and numbered MC778
Length approximately 550mm

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 220,000 
$19,000-28,000

Sold for HK$250,000

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

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018