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Van Cleef & Arpels’ new beaded Perlée designs were meant to stack and layer because every great jewelry wardrobe starts with signature everyday pieces. And these colorful new styles are here just in time for your fall wardrobe refresh.
“The way the little gold beads catch the light is extremely playful and precious,” says Nicholas Bos, president and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels. The new designs feature bold gold pendant necklaces, bangles, and rings with flashes of lapis lazuli, coral, malachite, and turquoise, with a 70’s vibe that perfectly complements the wide-legged pants, suede fabrics, and tall leather boots that are everywhere this season.
These stylish, easy pieces (available in all gold, and with or without diamonds) were designed so that Van Cleef loyalists can effortlessly combine them with the house’s signature Alhambra four-leaf clover designs, explains Bos. “These are everyday pieces that you can mix and match with anything.”
The Perlée beads also decorate a new iteration of Van Cleef’s signature secret watch, which is covered by a round colorful stone and fringed with the gold beads. Elsewhere, wide beaded gold rings are set with rows of emeralds, sapphires and rubies.
What appear like simple beads actually require tremendous skill to execute: Each bead is individually crafted in gold using the lost wax technique and is hand-finished and polished. Originally designed in 2008, the first Perlée collection was inspired by the house’s use of gold beads to frame gemstone designs in the 1920s. The beads grew larger over the years, and moving into the swinging Sixties, they were used in bold, flexible jewelry designs and combined with coral, turquoise and pearls. And in 1968, the tiny gold beads took pride of place surrounding the curves on the house’s new Alhambra design.
In celebration of the house’s signature style, Van Cleef & Aprels has enlisted French designer Arthur Hoffner to showcase the new Perlée jewelry in colorful and playful installations in its store windows worldwide through October 15. The elaborate and joyful décor was also the impetus for a 3D animated film the house made in collaboration with photographer Erik Madigan Heck. So you can expect to see a lot of Perlée this fall season.
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