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Founded at Paris' 22 Place Vendôme in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels came into being following Estelle Arpels' marriage to Alfred Van Cleef in 1895. Over the decades, the excellence and creativity of the High Jewellery Maison established its reputation across the world.

With a blend of inventiveness and poetry, Van Cleef & Arpels perpetuates a highly distinctive style that has produced numerous signatures: the Mystery Set technique, the Transformable Zip necklace and the Alhambra motif. The selection of gemstones according to the most stringent criteria and the savoir-faire of its craftsmen have given birth to enchanting jewellery and watchmaking collections. Whether inspired by nature, couture, dance or imaginary worlds, the Maison opens the gate to a timeless universe of beauty and harmony.

Created in Place Vendôme in 2012 with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewellery Arts introduces the general public to the world of jewellery. It offers a rich program of classes, lectures, exhibitions and creative workshops to a large and varied audience, from Paris to Tokyo, New York, Dubai or Hong Kong where a permanent campus is also settled.

Van Cleef & Arpels, Pomme de Pin

1906 in Paris, France


Nicolas Bos



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Combining unparalleled craftsmanship, technical prowess and innovation for more than a century:


Mystery Set technique


Creation of the Transformable Zip necklace


Alhambra long necklace


The first Poetic Complication

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