Van Cleef & Arpels Debuts Guilloché Alhambra
24 October 2018

Van Cleef & Arpels Debuts Guilloché Alhambra

In 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels launched its Alhambra® long necklace in grey mother-of-pearl and diamonds, which, to date, is not just an icon but something that has become a part of the brand’s DNA, and “lucky charm”. To commemorate this half-century milestone, the Maison, for the first time, uses the guillochage technique on yellow gold.

Van Cleef Arpels Guilloche Alhambra

Previously only reserved for its timepieces and precious objects, the guillochage is an engraving technique that has since been used since 1910 on watch dials, since 1930, on boxes, powder compacts, and minaudières. This year, VCA drew inspiration from a special guillochage on mirror-polished yellow gold. This technique was then applied to create a sunray-esque pattern on the surface of the Alhambra, thus giving off the effect of the clovers dancing in the light. The motifs are finished off with the Maison’s signature beaded border, along with a rounded and glittering central golden bead.

The new Vintage Alhambra Guilloché pieces are crafted in 18k yellow gold on a 10 motif necklace, 5 motif bracelet, and single motif earrings.


Images courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels