The Bremen musicians play a symphony for Van Cleef & Arpels ♦ ︎
From Paris to Bremen. The road is that of the Grimm brothers, who wrote at the beginning of the nineteenth century the fable Town Musicians of Bremen. The address is that of Van Cleef & Arpels, who conceived the collection of fine jewelry Quatre contes de Grimm, which we talked about here. The collection includes four fairy tales: The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Golden Bird, The Three Feathers, Town Musicians of Bremen. This last fairy tale begins like this: “Once upon a time there was a donkey that carried heavy bags of flour every day. Just as his forces were dwindling more and more, one morning he heard his master announce that he would replace him. At these words the donkey escaped and took the road to Bremen “.
It was not easy to translate the fairy tale into a collection of fine jewelry. Van Cleef & Arpels has succeeded in this way: in the dark forest, Bremen musicians suddenly see the light of a window. This image becomes a bracelet with a halo of white and pink diamonds surrounding the central stone, with black spinels, onyx and round and baguette diamonds. “The distant clarity of the house is so evoked in a contrast of colors and materials that evokes an impression of splendor and brightness”.
In Grimm’s story, the animals triumph over brigands joining. The episode is evoked with the earrings that use Pierres de Caractére, with 14 yellow diamonds cut to pink for a total of 18.18 carats, diamonds. The pendants of the earrings are removable.
On the night of the fairy tale, the Sous la lune necklace shines with a rare ensemble of five rows of deep blue Burmese sapphires, for a total of 647.02 carats. Below, stands a pendant designed around a generous 29.44 carat emerald cabochon of Colombia. The pendant (with a perforated motif that evokes the deep forest of the fairy tale) is removable and can be worn alone as a clip. So, as in the fairy tale, fantasy is the winner.