A true jewelry icon and now the signature of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, the Alhambra collection has never ceased to renew itself over the eras, and today takes on a wide range of materials and colors … The clover motif appeared as early as the 1920s, as documented in the company’s archives. However, the first genuine Alhambra sautoir appeared in 1968. Inspired by the four-leaf clover, symbol of good luck, more than a talisman it’s a real everyday lucky charm it features 20 crinkled yellow gold motifs delicately edged with gold pearls. The Alhambra long necklace was an instant hit, and many celebrities, including Romy Schneider, Françoise Hardy and Princess Grace of Monaco, wore the precious lucky charm;
In 1971, Van Cleef & Arpels decided to add color to its four-leaf clovers. The motifs were set with hard stones such as malachite and lapis lazuli. In 1998, the Alhambra collection was extended to bracelets and watches, and the catalog of available materials continued to expand with carnelian, chalcedony, mother-of-pearl and onyx. In half a century, the collection has been greatly enriched and has become a true ambassador for the craftsmanship of Van Cleef & Arpels.