Four tales by the Grimm brothers told through the high jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels ♦ ︎
Once upon a time, and there is still now, a jeweler capable of making magic. A fairy tale? No, it is the story of Van Cleef & Arpels, a brand of jewelry that still manages to amaze, especially when it engages with high jewelry. And, in the latest collection, the fairy tale becomes double, because the Maison was inspired by the stories of the Grimm brothers. Fables and brothers, like the Arpels, Claude and Pierre, who went hunting for gems in India. But this is another fairy tale.
The new collection of fine jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, instead, is inspired by four stories written by the famous brothers Grimm, who at the beginning of the nineteenth century collected and reworked the fairy tales of the German folk tradition. The four fairy tales turned into jewels are The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Golden Bird, The Three Feathers, Town Musicians of Bremen. If you do not remember the stories, the jewels of the collection will probably make you want to read them again. By the way, the fantasy world of children’s stories must have a special appeal for the Maison, since four years ago Van Cleef & Arpels was inspired by the fairy tale Peau d’âne (Leather of Donkey) by Charles Perrault.
With these four fairy tales, the knights, ladies and enchanted objects, like the feathers, are transformed with as much magic into necklaces, brooches, rings. As in the tradition of Van Cleef & Arpels also these fabulous jewels have been created with the most scrupulous attention in the choice of gems and in the subsequent creation of jewels. Diamonds, emeralds, sapphires really seem to come out of a precious casket, like those found in fairy tales. Only these are absolutely real. Alessia Mongrando