Van Cleef & Arpels’ Zodiaque collections are a tribute to the maison’s legacy and craftsmanship expertise.
The luxury jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels celebrates celestial bodies recreating the symbolism of the constellations. The brand has imagined two jewellery sets offering new interpretations of the Western Zodiac signs and honouring emblematic creations from its heritage. One line appears in pure gold, like the medals created in Van Cleef & Arpels’ collections during the 1950s, and the other combines gold with the nuances of rare ornamental stones. Both blend two of the maison’s cherished sources of inspiration: nature and astronomy.
The coloured pendants are an homage to Van Cleef & Arpels creations of the 1970s; the 12 new long necklaces reinterpret the signs of the Zodiac in a three-dimensional tableau. Each item is adorned with motifs on both sides. The first scene focuses on figures and elements associated with each sign, while the back features gold illustrations of their symbols, names and dates. The rich diversity of stones creates a unique composition of minerals. Chosen individually for their aesthetic characteristics, they come together to form harmonious ensembles for each element.
To portray the water signs, blue is the chosen colour. Cancer’s blue quartz embodies the depth of the oceans, Pisces’ sodalite the salty foam, and Scorpio’s turquoise the clear waters of exotic shores. The earth signs echo nature: Virgo is expressed in malachite with undulating motifs, Taurus is represented by randomly chromed aventurine, and vivid amazonite is for Capricorn.
The air signs represent the night sky, with blue lapis lazuli on Gemini, blue aventurine for Aquarius and overtones of shimmering gold obsidian for Libra. Highly graphic materials to evoke flames and lava were chosen to adorn the fire signs, iron eye for Aries, red pietersite in Sagittarius, and red jasper bringing Leo to life. The gold pendants recreate the brand’s first-ever Zodiac medals. This time, Van Cleef & Arpels has brought them back to life in a new dimension, 21mm. Crafted from intricately polished yellow gold, the pieces are adorned on both sides with depictions and dates of the signs of the Zodiac. The creations bring together Van Cleef & Arpels’ emblematic techniques, from design to the three-dimensional textured gold work.