Van Cleef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra Bracelet


Think of Van Cleef & Arpels and the Alhambra immediately comes to mind, a timeless icon that has been around since 1968. Defined by the four-leaf motif that’s apparent throughout the collection, each motif typically comes with a precious stone (which are chosen according to Van Cleef & Arpels’s strict quality criteria) that’s meticulously cut and polished to reveal a gorgeous sheen, before being set within the jeweller’s openwork gold honeycomb structure that’s fully assembled by hand.

Luck has often guided the steps of the Maison and inspired its iconic creations, with the four-leaf clover in the Alhambra typically worn around the neck like a talisman, explaining why the 16 and 20-motif Alhambra long necklace is one of the most popular pieces of the Maison. But a true icon is one that continues to update itself over time, with new and exciting options (bracelets, earrings, watches) that are constantly being introduced into the Alhambra family, resulting in a plethora of options for you to choose from.

The Sweet Alhambra was one, created in 2007 in a miniature form that’s perfect for ladies who prefer a discreet-looking charm. A noteworthy piece would be the single-motif Sweet Alhambra Bracelet, available in either mother-of-pearl (SGD1760) paired with yellow gold, or carnelian (SGD1970) that’s matched with rose gold for a perfect combination. Mother-of-pearl is a material dear to the Maison, one that’s chosen for its uniformity in appearance and colour, with a white iridescence that’s of the highest quality. Carnelian, on the other hand, is specially selected for its deep colour and intense luster, one that’s said to protect against misfortune and fear.

Both pieces are elegant and refined, perfect for those of you looking for a Van Cleef & Arpels’ piece under the SGD2000 mark, which is truly rare for a luxury jewellery house known for their artisanal and exquisite creations. But if you’re looking for something with a tad more bling, do check out the Sweet Alhambra Bracelet (SGD4200) in white gold that’s decorated with diamonds on the motif. A guaranteed head-turner wherever you go.


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