For decades, customers from Russia have been among the most devoted connoisseurs of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry in the world. The French House reciprocates once every couple of years by releasing an exclusive Haute Joaillerie collection. The current year is no exception. The go-to-meeting jewelry from the Contes d`Hiver collections is filled with Russian spirit. And from November 10th it will already be available for sale in the brand’s flagship boutique in the Stoleshnikov line.
A winter’s tale by Van Cleef & Arpels
There are eighteen items at Contes d`Hiver. Among dramatis personae, are fairy-sorceresses with a rose-cut diamond instead of a face, snowflakes, and precious ribbons imitating the decor of couture dresses. Due to a complex system of springs, the Flocons Précieux necklace and bracelet gently wrap around the neck and wrist, and lay down comfortably on the skin without restricting movement.
All the rings (there are seven) are designed with the “between-the-finger” concept. It was invented by the designers of the Houses in 1972, and popularized by them later. Here are the motives of the famous mountain flower Edelweiss, stylized as a snowflake, a butterfly with dragonflies seemingly frozen in frost, and a flower hellebore, also known as the “Christmas Rose”. The Nœud Chrysanthème and Boule de neige rings are transformable. As for the iconic Lotus rings, they can be worn open or closed. The concept of a transformer is also used in Entrelacs de Rubans necklaces, with removable brooches and pendants.
Another characteristic feature of Contes d`Hiver is the ease. Despite the fairly large size, the pieces look airy, including through the neutral combination of white gold with colorless diamonds. The only color accents are Australian opal and chrysanthemum flowers in the transformable rings referred to above. Also, there’s a bar and pendant with sapphires in the Rubans de Glace brooches. Together they add the frosty freshness and investment value to them.