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Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Malachite Diamond Necklace

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Malachite Diamond Necklace

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The Alhambra® is an instantly recognizable Van Cleef & Arpels signature, first created by the Maison in 1968. From its inception, the symbolic Alhambra design achieved immediate success and, throughout its history, has remained a highly collectible and coveted style, almost continually refreshed and revised for over a half-century, treasured by royalty, including Princess Grace of Monaco and Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, and Hollywood royalty too. It is an iconic, timeless piece with an enduring charm synonymous with laidback luxury, and as such, it can just as easily be paired with an evening gown or a t-shirt and jeans. The excellent artisanship of Van Cleef & Arpels distills their Haute Joaillerie expertise into an everyday, wearable design.

This Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra® Vintage Malachite Diamond Necklace, made in the 21st Century, is crafted in 18K yellow gold and features five motifs inlaid with malachite and five motifs set with round brilliant-cut diamonds with an estimated total of 2.42 carats. The approximately 60 diamonds are of D-E-F color and IF-VVS clarity. Vintage Alhambra pieces, which reflect the collection’s original aesthetic, are complemented by elegant variations of motif symbols, colors, and sizes. The 16.5-inch (41.91 cm) necklace is Signed VCA on the hallmark clasp and numbered. The chain includes the original box, a Certificate of Authenticity, and an insurance valuation.

The Alhambra motif pays homage to two of the Maison’s more cherished sources of inspiration: nature and luck. It is based on a four-leaf clover and reminiscent of a traditional Moorish quatrefoil. The stylized geometry of the collection is said to be named after the Alhambra palace and fortress in Granada, Andalusia, Spain, the most famous monument of Islamic architecture. These icons of luck are identical in size, adorned with a double border set on the top and bottom edge of golden beads, reminiscent of milgrain wrought large, as also seen in the Perlée™ collection.

The combined skills of lapidaries, jewelers, stone-setters, and polishers come together to create each clover motif, requiring no fewer than 15 successive steps of craftsmanship. Malachite is a mineral that forms at shallow depths within the Earth, in the oxidizing zone above copper deposits. Green malachite is still a featured stone in the Maison’s Vintage Alhambra® collection and the Perlée™ collection, among other creations, specially selected to display straight, uniform veins. Malachite is an opaque stone of singular beauty. It is used in this talismanic clover design to reference “the vitality of nature” through its deep green hue enriched with light and dark banding. With alternating malachite and diamond motifs, this piece provides a rich combination of color and sparkle.

Measures approx. 16.5” (41.91 cm) in length. Malachite 5 motifs. Sixty round diamonds weighing approx. 2.42 carats, estimated DEF colors, IF to VVS clarity. Overall weight approx. 23.50 grams, made in 18k yellow gold. Includes original box, as well as a certificate of authenticity. Signed Van Cleef & Arpels with serial number; circa 21st Century.

SKU :N1304
Metal :18KYG


Van Cleef & Arpels


18K Yellow Gold

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