French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels looked to the coastal tides and waves of the world’s vast oceans for its latest collection.
There are few voyages more romantic or daring than the prospect of sailing the proverbial seven seas. The diverse flora and fauna of ocean life found therein has inspired epic Greek poems and great American novels. Now French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels has set its sights on the vast watery horizon with its new high-jewelry offering, Seven Seas. Earrings, necklaces, brooches, hair clips and rings—encrusted with diamonds, oval sapphires, cultured pearls and other equally precious gems—evoke ocean spray, churning waves, burnished sunsets, teeming schools of fish and the endless depths sailors imagined they’d encounter on daring maritime journeys of discovery.
Though the maison has delved into cascading blue waters for previous collections, this time the designs capture the mythical allure of setting sail on ancient oceans including the Adriatic, Arabian, Caspian and Mediterranean seas. Such bodies of water conjure up images of light-speckled sapphire seafoam rings, as well as a pink sapphire bird necklace, white mother-of-pearl tortoise clips or a sparkling diamond starfish pin. The pieces are worthy of both meticulously curated collections and eccentric accumulations of rare gems.
Seven Seas designs are also lighter and breezier than most high-jewelry offerings. They’re meant for midday, alfresco lunches or dockside afternoon cocktails as well as evenings at the opera. What better way to accessorize a silk sheath than with a bracelet of cabochon-cut sapphires, emeralds and turquoise set amid white and gray cultured pearls evoking the Black Sea? vancleefarpels.com. • ELIZABETH VARNELL.
Edited by HEATHER SEVERS.
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