The collection of Van Cleef & Arpels inspired by the fairy tale The three feathers of the brothers Grimm ♦ ︎
“Once upon a time there was an old king who had three sons. If the two elders seemed sociable and wise, the last one spoke so little that he was nicknamed the Idiot. Feeling that his end was approaching, the king gathered them and said to them: My three beloved children, I do not know who of you will succeed me on the throne. That’s why I entrust you with a mission: go and travel the world. Those of you who will bring me the most beautiful and refined carpet will inherit my kingdom. “Fairy tales, you know, tell adventures that have a moral, a teaching for children (and not only). Like the fairy tale The three feathers of the Grimm brothers, which has been translated into a collection of fine jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels. The collection is part of a larger collection called Quatre contes de Grimm, which we talked about here. The fairy tales are The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Golden Bird, The Three Feathers, Town Musicians of Bremen.
Therefore, feathers could not be found in the collection. As in the Panache Mystérieux clip, in the shape of feathers, with round cut diamonds and baguette with colored sapphires. The Serti Mystérieux Vitrail technique was used for the pin. Presented by the Maison in 2014, it allows multiplying the plays of reflections, nuances and relief, enhancing the translucent appearance of the stones. Blue, mauve and yellow sapphires create a velvety surface. The cut each stone has been meticulously placed on the front, giving it a delicate roundish, and faceted on the verso to increase its brilliance. Each stone is inserted into the gold frame, which however remains invisible on both sides of the jewel. A magic worthy of a fairy tale, in short. The Trio précieux clip is also part of the collection dedicated to feathers, with a Fancy Vivid Yellow yellow cut cushion of 2.51 carats. Sautoir Serapi is a great impact, with a cushion-cut blue sapphire of 13.01 carats (from Sri Lanka), a pink cushion-cut sapphire of 3.08 carats (Burma), ruby, pink and blue sapphires, white cultured pearls , coral, diamonds. The sautoir is transformable, since the clip is removable. The necklace is combined with a pair of earrings and a ring, always with coral, pearls and sapphires. Among the jewels of this collection stands out the bracelet Carrousel des demoiselles, with an emerald of 10.41 carats (from Brazil), sapphires, diamonds: alludes to the circle of frogs of the fairy tale, but the wearer immediately turns into a princess.