This book presents the legendary jewellery and precious objects of Van Cleef & Arpels, and how they relate to time, nature and love. Time is a fundamental element for both creativity and craftsmanship. Time gives objects their shape; defines their style; determines their function, social utility, and the choice of materials and techniques; indicates origin; hones taste, and reveals the context. Time is interpreted through eight values inspired by Italo Calvino’s Lezioni Americane, or Six Memos for the Next Millennium. To honour the iconic pieces created by Van Cleef & Arpels over the years, from Art Deco masterpieces to the illustrious Zip necklace, gravity-defying Mystery Set, or celebrated Minaudières-some of the most critical innovations in the history of 20th-century jewellery-making.
Nature plays an equally important role for Van Cleef & Arpels as an ever-present source of inspiration and tribute. Her gems and timeless masterpieces draw on flora and fauna. Van Cleef & Arpels is founded on love, the most powerful energy in the world. Each object is handcrafted with love, and Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery has sealed some of the century’s most legendary love stories.
The book is a brilliant historical and critical essay. It is illuminated by a stunning iconographic selection of jewellery, precious objects and archive materials. This work describes Maison’s eternal values of time, nature and love.