What does it take to make the holidays truly magical? Nothing adds a little magic to the holiday season quite like a dazzling piece of jewelry. There are cheerful, eye-catching pieces at every price point. Make a grand entrance at year-end celebrations with jewellery boasting colourful personalities and serious sparkle. Christmas comes but once a year, but the joy of the season is something you can hold onto forever. Particularly when you have one of these adorable adornments to remind you of the yuletide cheer. Explore an assortment of cute and classic designs, all of which make for the perfect set of seasonal collectibles and holiday gifts, for you and the one’s you love!
Van Cleef & Arpels is getting us in the festive spirit early with its new fine jewellery collection, which pays tribute to one of the rare flowers to bloom in the heart of winter: the Christmas rose. Reimagining Rose de Noël, a collection that the French jeweller actually introduced many winters ago in the 1970s, this year the floral motif is now mini-sized, blooming in two distinctive shades – the lustrous white of mother-of-pearl and the intense blue of lapis lazuli. Van Cleef & Arpels has unveiled a pendant and pair of earrings for each stone, designed to embrace the hollow of the neck or gently frame the face with their delicate nuances.
What’s more, the fine jewellery house is even bringing back a handful of coral designs that resemble the original Rose de Noël pieces, despite the rarity of the organic gemstone. Bringing in the new with the old, its second collection, the Hellébore jewellery collection, also has the Christmas rose as a starting point, which is partnered with sparkling diamonds that complement the glimmer of the lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl and turquoise stones featured on a necklace, clip and rings. Reinterpreting the Rose de Noël motif, imagined by Van Cleef & Arpels in the 70s, the Hellébore collection showcases this flower that thrives in winter. The creations unite the sparkle of hard stones and the brilliance of diamonds in each relief, evoking nature’s vibrancy.
For the new collection, the Rose de Noël motif is now mini-sized, blooming in two distinctive shades – the lustrous white of mother-of-pearl and the intense blue of lapis lazuli. The beauty of these blossoms are just as impressive as their craftsmanship: each glossy petal is crafted and polished by hand, before being carefully assembled on a yellow gold mount.
The collection is also as light as it is bright. The flowers are made with a delicate, openwork structure, allowing light to pass through each carefully picked diamond. This sense of airiness balances the extravagance of their gems, making the Hellébore collection a lot more modern. The contemporary feel is also emphasised by the pieces’ asymmetrical, overlapping petals, which were achieved by the trained hands and sharp-eyed precision of Van Cleef & Arpels’ craftsmen.
Van Cleef & Arpels has unveiled a pendant and a pair of earrings for each stone, which, despite the painstaking process of creating them, are very wearable. And while the real Christmas rose would eventually wither, the Rose de Noël designs are truly timeless. Van Cleef & Arpels is even bringing back a handful of coral designs that resemble the original Rose de Noël pieces, despite the rarity of the organic gemstone.
The Maison makes room for the new just as much as the old. This season, it’s introducing the Hellébore jewellery collection, which also has a starting point in the Christmas rose. The new line, however, brings an extra dose of shine with its abundant use of sparkling diamonds. These complement the glimmer of the lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl and turquoise stones featured throughout the Hellébore pieces, such as a necklace, a clip and rings.
Both the new Rose de Noël and Hellébore collections are a testament to Van Cleef & Arpels’ ability to draw from its rich heritage and reimagine its icons for the present day. That, and the impeccable craftsmanship seen throughout the new designs, are what set the French luxury brand apart from other jewellers that also look to nature for inspiration. In Van Cleef & Arpels’ case, its profound appreciation of nature is felt in each beautiful jewellery creation. The pieces are truly a work of art on their own.
Since the 1970s, Van Cleef & Arpels has devoted a jewelry collection to Christmas roses, which bloom in midwinter like promises of happiness. Combining the glitter of diamonds with the sheen of hard stones, the Rose de Noël collection symbolizes beauty and romance. Beautiful and bright, the flowers are made with a delicate openwork structure that adds a modern edge to the extravagant collection. Testaments to Van Cleef & Arpel’s ability to draw from its rich heritage and give new life to its precious icons for present day, as always superior craftsmanship is at the heart of both new collections, which will make the perfect gift for the one you love this holiday.