The fairy tale Golden Bird by Grimm brothers is now high jewelry with Van Cleef & Arpels ♦ ︎
“A king had three sons. One day from the king’s court an apple disappears from the golden apple tree. The king decides to send the first two sons to guard, but they fell asleep. So the king decides to address the younger son. At midnight Bertrando sees a golden bird and manages, by shooting an arrow, to drop a feather, and thus to prove to his father the cause of the disappearance of the apples “. Thus began the fairy tale The Golden Bird of the Brothers Grimm. A fairy tale that, in addition to being heard by generations of children, is now appreciated by adults, certainly those who can own or, at least, admire the jewels of the collection Quatre contes de Grimm by Van Cleff & Arpels. As we explained here, the collection includes four fairy tales: The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Golden Bird, The Three Feathers, Town Musicians of Breme.
Obviously, in the jewels dedicated to the fairy tale of the Golden Bird could not miss the protagonist, the bird. The Maison depicts it with diamond feathers, yellow sapphires, garnets in orange and gold tones and forms a luminous color set crossed by onyx lists. This perfectly studied alternation helps to recreate the stealthy and memorable appearance of the golden bird under the silvery rays of the moonlight. Always dedicated to the bird is the necklace with a removable central palmette: a Fancy Vivid Orangy Yellow emerald cut of 3.31 carats. The diamond can be worn on a feather clip and the jewelry motif of the clasp, set with white and yellow diamonds, adorns the feather clip or the center of the necklace: the jewel, in short, can be worn in many different ways.
The collection also includes the Hespérides ring, with an extraordinary 20.36 carat yellow sapphire, and the Clair de lune necklace, with a 29.63 carat sugar-cut violet sapphire (Sri Lanka), blue sapphires and purple, gray pearls, diamonds. This sautoir is also a transformable jewel with a removable clip. Finally, there is the hero of the fairy tale, the prince. The clip portrays it together with the antagonist, the oiseau, placed on a rare oval violet sapphire of 3.18 carats (of Madagascar), while the rest of the jewel is made of gold with a blue sapphire, onyx, diamonds.