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A rare beryl of unparalleled beauty, the emerald takes its name from the Sanscrit smaragdus, meaning “heart of stone.” The Maison’s emeralds come predominantly from Colombia, Zambia and Brazil, and are selected according to three main criteria that bring out their unique character.
Setting work, setting the cushion-cut emerald, Serrania necklace with detachable pendant and clip
Setting work, setting the engraved emerald of 81.07 carats (Colombia), Giardino transformable long necklace
Setting work, setting the emerald-cut emerald
This in-depth observation makes it possible to bring to light exceptional stones endowed with a spiritual quality.
Van Cleef & Arpels experts choose emeralds for their beauty and the emotions they arouse. They start by appraising the gems’ color, singling out stones that exhibit a deep and consistent green hue. They are also attentive to purity, assessing the subtlety and harmony of the inclusions characteristic to emeralds, known as jardins. The third selection criterion is the essence, which indicates the quality of crystallization and determines the emerald’s brilliance. This in-depth observation makes it possible to bring to light exceptional stones endowed with a spiritual quality. Following a traditional lapidary technique, emeralds are “oiled” using a natural and colorless oil to preserve their original distinctive color.
Ring, 1958, Yellow gold, platinum, one emerald-cut emerald of 35.35 carats (Colombia), diamonds, Heritage collection
Drapé majestueux necklace, White gold, 160 emeralds beads for 262.37 carats (Zambia), diamonds, Emeraude en Majesté collection
Héloïse ballerina clip, 2008, White gold, rose gold, Traditional Mystery Set emeralds, diamonds, Ballet Précieux™ collection
Jasmin solitaire, platinum, yellow gold, round and marquise-cut diamonds, one oval-cut 3.29 ct emerald, unique piece
In the 2016 Émeraude en Majesté collection, Van Cleef & Arpels expresses its particular attachment to Pierres de Caractère™ and pays tribute to the singular charm of these stones.
To preserve the color and the intense luster of this delicate stone, Van Cleef & Arpels recommends storing emeralds in a fabric-lined box separate from other jewelry, as well as avoiding extreme heat and sudden changes in temperature.
Positioning of the elements on the dial, Lady Arpels Peau d'Âne Forêt Enchantée watch