From top: Heritage clip in diamonds, 18-karat white gold, and platinum. Cristaux de Saphirs pink sapphire, diamond, and 18-karat white gold clip from Les Voyages Extraordinaires collection. Solerose sapphire, diamond, and 18-karat white, rose, and yellow gold clip from the Romeo and Juliet collection. All prices upon request.
We have the limitations of Bronze Age fashion to thank for the advent of the brooch—the earliest examples were used to secure clothing around the body. The intervening millennia have led to simpler methods of fastening a frock, but nothing can supplant the brooch as one of the most adaptable adornments that can be worn virtually anywhere.
Legendary French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has made its share of expressive brooches (or “clips,” as they’re referred to in the maison’s preferred parlance) since its 1906 inception. Each one is a painterly composition with texture, color, and radiant sparkle, often informed by other artistic disciplines. The Cristaux de Saphirs clip translates the image of a crystal cavern from Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth into an arresting form dotted with pink sapphires and spiky, otherworldly diamond formations. Meanwhile, the sapphire and diamond Solerose clip fuses the shapes of a rose and the sun, inspired by a passage from Romeo and Juliet wherein the pair declares their love by referencing both motifs. And the diamond clip seen here is a heritage piece that dates to the 1960s; it is as desirable now as when it first bloomed decades ago—and will continue to be in any era.
Styled by Laurel J. Benedum
This story originally appeared in the March 2021 issue of ELLE Decor. SUBSCRIBE
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