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Spring jewellery 2016: Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Featured

Faithful to the very first Alhambra jewel created in 1968, the Vintage Alhambra creations are distinguished by their unique, timeless elegance.

by 16 March 2016

Would you believe if I told you that the symbol of love – the heart shape – has origins as far back as the Ice Age? The ancient Egyptians and Greeks regarded it as the centre of the soul and life. But it was not until the Middle Ages that it emerged as a symbol of sincerity, courage, purity, which was then perpetuated throughout the 1700s and 1800s in western culture. Here we look at the way the top brands at Baselworld, Switzerland have been inspired by love for 2016.

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ time-honoured 4-leaf clover has been a celebration of luck and love since the design debuted in 1968. The many Alhambra lines – Vintage, Magic, Sweet, Pure, Lucky and Byzantine Alhambra – are proof of just how much creative grounds can be found on a simple leaf. www.vancleefarpels.com

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