Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels presents lucky jewellery collection, Palais de la Chance

Local star Deanie Ip with Van Cleef's president and CEO Nicolas Bos.

French jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels hosted an exclusive gala dinner at the Lyric Theatre of the Academy for Performing Arts, at which it presented its new collection, named Palais de la Chance.

Tuesday, 5 February, 2013, 4:45am

Gem of a house: exhibition turns spotlight on VC&A

Gem of a house: exhibition turns spotlight on VC&A

An exhibition in Paris turns the spotlight on VC&A, writes Francesca Fearon.

13 Dec 2012 - 11:57pm

Treasure hunters

The luxury jewellery market is flourishing as a growing demand for top-quality and unique pieces keeps the industry rolling in the good times. Arnaud Bastien, regional director of Graff Diamonds for Asia, says the wealthiest clients are always looking for rare and exclusive pieces.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The school of rocks

There are five of us in the class: an American art historian, a flight attendant from Taiwan, two women who work in different areas of the luxury lifestyle industry, and me. We're in the gilded chinoiserie rooms of the Hotel d'Evreux, a private 18th-century town house in the Place Vendome, the heart of the Parisian high jewellery world.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Midnight romance in Paris

Novels tell a story in days and movies bring a story to life in several hours. However, for those impatient to know the ending, watches - like poetry - tell the tale in just a few minutes.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Paris designers carry on rich legacy

For more than a century the famed jewellery workshops at Place Vendome in Paris have been producing elaborate, one-of-a-kind jewels for the rich and famous. These haute joaillerie creations are to jewellery making what couture is to fashion, and can often be compared to works of art.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Classic items show timeless appeal

Brooches are no longer a fashion staple for your grandmother. Brooches are back in style, thanks to United States first lady Michelle Obama's penchant for fun and ornate pins. She has encouraged young people to take up brooches to add flourish to their outfits, and they are doing so with great interest.

22 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Labour of love produces quality pieces

The use of enamel in watchmaking has a long history. The earliest known watch with an enamel dial was made during the first half of the 16th century.

Although enamelling is more labour intensive than using a metal dial, it eventually gained a foothold because it was durable and allowed the dial to feature intricate works of art.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Out shopping

Bound by love

24 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Bling it on

Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend probably hadn't considered the effect these precious gemstones can have on men. When encrusted on a watch, diamonds often have as much impact as the intricate movements they adorn.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Butterflies and birds of paradise an inspiration for high-end bling amid the birdcages

The fancy dress set were decked out on Tuesday to preview French jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels' latest high collection at the Grand Hyatt. The name of the baubles is called Papillons, which is French for butterfly, and the fluttering creatures were the inspiration for some colourful and pricey brooches, earrings, pendants and necklaces that reach well into six figures.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

White noise

Rose ring by Breguet HK$113,200

Ring by Piaget HK$125,800

Ring by Graff HK$731,000

Serpenti bracelet by Bulgari HK$483,000

Bracelet by Chanel HK$841,000

Bracelet by Tiffany & Co HK$682,000

Snowflake bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels HK$1.4 million

5 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Out shopping

Making waves

13 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Marriage of art and science

Coloured glass is ground to particles as fine as sand and then applied to metal with a brush that can consist of a single hair, under the exacting, scientific eye of a microscope.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Look back in wonder

Since its inception in 2003, the Mori Arts Centre in Tokyo has hosted exhibitions from contemporary artists such as architect Le Corbusier to photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. So its latest exhibit, The Spirit of Beauty, a retrospective celebrating 100 years of creation by French jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels, may seem an odd choice for a museum dedicated to modern art.

4 Nov 2009 - 12:00am