HIGH JEWELRY

Creations from
the 1980s and after

Entering the brightly colored world of the 1980s, there is a simple elegance which lights the path to the future.

After the abundance of the previous years, the 1980s revel in simple lines and surprising colors. A decade that invites us to enjoy geometric patterns and mixed materials, embracing the classic and the distinguished. Bold color combinations meet timeless shapes and new materials, with creations that reflect the light, and their time.

  • Bracelet, circa 1994, yellow gold, wood. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Bracelet, circa 1994, yellow gold, wood. Heritage collection

  • Clip, 1974, yellow gold, white gold, wood, diamonds. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Clip, 1974, yellow gold, white gold, wood, diamonds

In this decade like in the 1970s, the Maison chooses wood to adorn its creations. Often used in the Art Nouveau pieces of the 1910s, this material is brought back to light with creations like the Nerval flower, whose bois d'amourette petals are lined with gold.

Advert featuring a Marqueterie set, 1983. Van Cleef & Arpels Archives.
Marqueterie earrings, 1985, yellow gold, white gold, malachite, coral, lapis lazuli, diamonds and Marqueterie clip, 1985, yellow gold, white gold, malachite, lapis lazuli, coral, diamonds. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Marqueterie earrings, 1985, yellow gold, white gold, malachite, coral, lapis lazuli, diamonds and Marqueterie clip, 1985, yellow gold, white gold, malachite, lapis lazuli, coral, diamonds

Color takes the center stage in the 1980s, under the impulse of the previous decade. Under a watchful gaze, vivid hues intersect with diamonds, to conceive creations as stunning as they are graceful.

  • Paloma necklace, 1985, platinum, yellow gold, Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, diamonds. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Paloma necklace, 1985, platinum, yellow gold, Traditional Mystery Set sapphires, diamonds

  • Ring, 1995, platinum, yellow gold, one round diamond of 2.08 carats, one round diamond of 2.01 carats, yellow and white diamonds. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.

    Ring, 1995, platinum, yellow gold, one round diamond of 2.08 carats, one round diamond of 2.01 carats, yellow and white diamonds

Graphic patterns are at the heart of late 20th century creations, opening up a realm of new possibilities for Van Cleef & Arpels. These are brought to light in the Heritage collection.