It all begins with a simple idea—a golden bead, or, in this case, a yellow, rose or white gold bead.
The Van Cleef &Arpels Perlée collection on display at Palais Bulles in Cannes, France
This iconic symbol for luxury jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has been updated and redefined for a new generation and a new era at the storied house. And in true brand spirit, the Perlée collection was unveiled at an over-the-top event at the famed Palais Bulles in Cannes, France.
The famous home, built by Pierre Bernard in 1994 and later acquired by Pierre Cardin, was the perfect backdrop to showcase the collection with its cellular forms perfectly mirroring the craftsmanship that goes into each bead in this exquisite new offering in the storied Perlée universe.
James Aguiar at the launch party at Palais Bulles in Cannes, France
Combining exquisite craftsmanship and a cheerful and lively spirit, the collection is light and modern. Not to be mistaken for simple, the range is filled with ornamental stones, mother-of-pearl and coral combined with the signature bead shape lending itself to earrings, necklaces, rings and even watches. Today, rings that pay homage to the aesthetic of the Philippine rings of 1968 are reinterpreted through bold color and a lighter design. The duets portion of the collection offers a striking balance between the bracelet and the pendant, and a new pairing of lupus lazuli and coral; both are available in limited numbers. New watches were also introduced, showcasing the golden bead motif with not only watchmaking savoir-faire, but with the keen eye of the talented fine jewelry makers.
Guests at the launch event were dazzled not only by the craftsmen who were on hand to show the process of creation, but also by the synchronized swimmers, magicians, dancers and fashion show featuring looks from Pierre Cardin. To cap off the evening, a fireworks display that shined almost as brightly as the jewelry presented that magical evening left memories as long-lasting as the precious gems themselves.