The secret of Van Cleef & Arpels in the Le Scret collection is a very high quality jewelery. And full of surprises ♦ ︎
The secret of Van Cleef et Arpels was well guarded: a collection of high jewelery, masterpieces which required until 275 days for a necklace. In all, the Le Secret collection has a hundred pieces, some of which conceal a secret in the secret. For example, a bird with colored feathers can open one of the two wings to unveil a small newborn. The top of a ring can be rotated to show a gold engraved band or hide other rings. A bracelet with butterflies can blink the wings to display the hands of a tiny watch. Secrets kept and unveiled, and so, concealed just to be shown with greater pleasure: surprise is not just in the overwhelming technique of the French Maison craftsmen, who have hidden phrases, quotations and dedications in the most striking spaces of jewels, but also in exuberant forms that have the jewels. In addition to the rich necklaces, composite rings, exuberant earrings, there are brooches that fall into that kind of chameleon jewelry, that is, that it takes shapes and colors of objects, plants or animals.
On the other hand, Van Cleef & Arpels’s has just invented the secret in jewelery, as in the case of the secret setting, a patented system that allows the stones to be stacked without any visible metal grippers.