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Van Cleef & Arpels Immortalises Winter With the Diamond Breeze Collection

The lotus is the crowning flower for this Diamond Breeze collection.

Dec 29, 2021 | By Joseph Low
VCA Diamond Breeze
Image: Erik Madigan Heck for Van Cleef & Arpels

Flowers have been a source of inspiration for Parisian jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels since its inception. Throughout its storied history, the brand has created a number of emblematic collections featuring daisies, buttercups, camellias and many others. In this new Diamond Breeze collection, the lotus takes centre stage and headlines with three novelties: a between-the-finger ring, a pendant and a pair of earrings.

To celebrate the magical season of winter, Van Cleef & Arpels looked towards the lotus as the flower represents beauty, purity and rebirth. Nods to the lotus flower first appeared as part of the Maison’s Egyptian collection in the late 1920s. In 2001, it bloomed for the first time on a between-the-finger ring, which has since become a signature of the subsequent Lotus collections. The flower’s motif soon blossomed in other of the Maison’s collections, particularly its High Jewellery and Zip collections.

Van Cleef & Arpels’ prowess with working with white gemstones is fully displayed with this new Lotus collection. Scintillating diamonds are paired masterfully with shimmering white gold, and the result is a dazzling winter spectacle that will forever be etched in our memories.

The Lotus Between-the-Finger Ring

VCA Diamond Breeze, Lotus Between-the-finger Ring
Image: Van Cleef & Arpels

The highlight of the collection, this Lotus Between-the-Finger ring has a floral quartet. The petals of the flowers are delicately angled upwards and arranged in different heights. The slightly curled up petals represent the moment when a light breeze gently blows over the flower. At the centre, the diamond-studded pistil, like the corollas, quivers with dazzling grace.

The Lotus Pendant

VCA Diamond Breeze, Lotus Pendant
Image: Van Cleef & Arpels

Made up of three lotus flowers, the trio of flowers are arranged asymmetrically — an emblematic style of the Van Cleef & Arpels. When worn, the pendant shines upon the neckline. To further enhance the brilliance of the diamonds, the Maison incorporated the openwork technique. This allows for light to pass through the purposefully created gaps in the structure, which then allows the radiant diamonds to fully shine brightly.

The Lotus Earrings

VCA Diamond Breeze, Lotus Earrings
Image: Van Cleef & Arpels

This sparkling ensemble has three lotus flowers on each side, and only two will of the flowers will touch the wearer’s skin. The largest of the trio of flowers will be suspended. To create this masterpiece, the craftsmen at Van Cleef & Arpels call on several settling techniques such as the bead and prong settings. Clearly, this exemplifies the savoir-faire of the Maison in the field of jewellery-making.

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