About Van Cleef And Arpels Alhambra

In 1968, the Van Cleef And Carpels Alhambra collection was created and quickly established itself as an emblem of the French jewelry house. That year the first Alhambra necklace quickly rose to fame. This necklace beautifully combined yellow gold with the lines of the Alhambra motif.

The idea behind Alhambra is a talismanic design that is inspired by the four leaf clover, and reminiscent of traditional Moorish quatrefoil. The Alhambra collection is said to be named after the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, which boasts a plethora of sweeping archways.

The first Van Cleef And Arpels Alhambra designs was an opera-length necklace which was punctuated with a twenty clover-shaped motif, and crafted with the design’s signature beaded edges. As the 1960s made way for the 1970s, the design became hugely popular among celebrity clients, who layered many Alhambra necklaces of different sizes and with different gemstone combinations for the quintessential daytime look.

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