Since the 1940s, fairies have been iconic representatives to the world of Van Cleef & Arpels – fro the first Spirit of Beauty clip to the latest masterful creations.
These magical winged creatures light up the world of high jewellery with its delicate silhouettes and jewelled bodies unlike any other we have seen and today, the Maison adds seven new designs to its extensive collection of high jewellery – each designed with Mother Nature and literature in mind and imbued with the beauty of femininity.
Taking both literature and nature as the core inspirations, the new fairy clips highlights stunning characteristics of flora and fauna to illustrate the majestic whimsy of fairies. On the Fée Pillywiggin clip, which is inspired by spring flower fairies that are believed to dwell in gardens, we see a butterfly-winged silhouette that features the use of black spinels, onyx, white cultured pearls and diamonds set on white gold to reveal a classic and sleek look that resembles a dancing ballerina.
Whereas the Fée des Fleurs clip showcases a fair, who is believed to be able "to transform into any flower of her choice" brings pure elegance with its vivacious design where the fairy sits an oval rubellite of 9.98 carats. The fairy itself is decorated with emeralds, sapphires, tsavorite garnets and – a kaleidoscope of colours that brightens up the space it is in.
On literature, the Fée Morgane clip may be referred to the Arthurian legends as an enchanting legendary fay who is closely linked to the likes of King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. Here, the clip sees a fairy dressed in a crown of jewels encased in white gold and holding an apple (a hint to the Isle of Apples or more commonly known to most as Avalon from Arthurian tales).
Other new creations by Van Cleef & Arpels include the Fée Rayonnante clip, a design that features a blooming flower on diamonds surrounding the fairy and the Fée Bluebell clip which is inspired by the bluebell flowers in which some fairies make their home within, featuring sapphire and diamonds in three types of gold (white, rose and yellow gold).
With these new creations, Van Cleef & Arpel invites you to escape into the magical world of culture and literature where you can experience the elusive world of fairy beings birthed through legends, tales and folklore that have been passed down through generations.
Much like these magical tales, Van Cleef & Arpels creations are ones that last the test of time and are eternally celebrated for its beauty and wonder.