Lucky Streak: 50 Years of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra

28 Jun 2018 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Mhairi Mann

Van Cleef & Arpels' clean-lined clover design, debuted in 1968, continues to enchant new generations

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Van Cleef & Arpel’s iconic Alhambra – the four-leaf motif now emblematic of the fabled French jewellery house.

The first swinging sautoir launched in 1968 and captured the free spirit and exoticism of the decade, as well as offering a daytime alternative to the typical high jewellery of the time. Whether strung with elegant silk a la Grace Kelly and Romy Schneider circa 1970 or, more recently, elevating a white T-shirt like Blake Liveley, it remains a ubiquitous symbol of luck, prosperity and timeless glamour.

The multifarious medallion is celebrated in a new collection of limited-edition necklaces and bracelets, fashioned in milky mother-of-pearl, beguiling dark onyx and deep blue lapis, each adorned with signature gold beading and diamonds.

From £3,550,