The Making of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Frivole Collection

Lindsay Judge   |   05-04-2020

This spring Van Cleef & Arpels’ Frivole collection will see the addition of precious pieces that pay a poetic tribute to nature. Eight luminous new creations comprise of rings, necklaces bracelets and two secret watches. With flowers at the centre of the collection, the high-quality craftsmanship of the house is clearly evident in the creation of these delicate pieces that feature diamonds, pink sapphires and white, rose and yellow gold.


Preserving the French savoir-faire of the House is something Van Cleef & Arpels has kept very close to its heart for decades. With the Frivole pieces, classic techniques are combined with contemporary design to create jewellery pieces for the modern woman.



The collection uses three finishes; the mirror polish technique that creates a unique lustre and plays off light to enhances the jewel; the Mises a jour which offers lightness and maximises the brilliance of the diamonds; and articulated filets which outlines designs and protects the stones. Each technique is put in to place at various points of the jewel to ensure it glows with light and lustre.



One of the key goals of this collection is to reflect nature. This means placing flower petals at the correct angles to create the impression of movement, fixing motifs at various levels to offer volume and dimension and using a combination of sizes in the motifs to offer an asymmetrical composition as seen in nature.



Mirror Polish technique

Van Cleef & Arpels’ skilled craftsman have been using the mirror polish technique for almost 100 years. The process which uses three polishing phases to achieve the perfect mirror polish creates a glitter of gold and intense reflections on the jewellery.



The Frivole collection is available at Van Cleef & Arpels stores nationwide and internationally.




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