Perlée: a symbol of luxury
The French jewellery collection bearing this name, composed of small beads or pearls, bears witness to the heritage of the jewellery house and its savoir-faire. The Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée collection prefers the ornamentation of jewels in three or five rows, to enhance the three-dimensional effect. It is as though the rare beads of the pearls were in bloom. The luxurious Perlée collection consists of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. As for the name itself, the word Perlée when translated from French is an adjective that signifies pearly or bead-like, precisely characterising this collection.
Glints of luxury playing with light
The gold beads are shaped one by one by the jeweller, then hand-polished in several phases to gain a perfectly smooth surface, allowing for the play of light to begin. Luminosity is an important aesthetic element in Van Cleef & Arpels jewels, as a celebratory ode to the unique city of Paris where the jewels are made, and which is rightfully called the City of Light.
Where did the brand’s history start?
The luxury company Van Cleef & Arpels was unconventionally founded on the basis of marriage – or love, if you prefer a more romantic legend. During the tumultuous boom of industry, science and trade at the end of the 19th Century, specifically in 1896, gemstone cutter Alfred Van Cleef married Estelle Arpels. Ten years later, Alfred got together with his brothers-in-law Charles and Julien to found the company and the first boutique in Paris at Place Vendôme. Their collective work crowned with elegance and refined taste was always guided by a passion for beauty and perfection.
The Perlée collection is among the most beautiful masterpieces by Van Cleef & Arpels. Give your loved ones an unconventional luxurious gift. It is sure to be repaid, we are certain.