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The 5 Top Van Cleef & Arpels Necklaces

May 17, 2021 - Jewelry Articles
What happens when a gemstone dealer’s daughter — Estelle Arpels — falls in love with and marries a stone-cutter’s son — Alfred Van Cleef? An enduring jewelry maison begins!

Founded in Paris in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels is known for its nature-inspired designs and many well-known celebrity customers. Some of the most prominent being Elizabeth Taylor, the Duchess of Windsor, and Eva Perón, with Beyonce a more recent prominent fan. Along with the brand’s dedication to beauty and craftsmanship, the top Van Cleef & Arpels necklaces discussed below serve as dazzling reasons for the brand’s continuing popularity.


The Top 5 Van Cleef & Arpels Necklaces

  1. Alhambra
  2. Frivole
  3. Perlée Pendant
  4. Lucky Spring
  5. Two Butterfly Pendant


Van Cleef & Arpels Necklaces


1. Alhambra

Estimated Retail: $17,000 – $86,000

Lucky is the lady whose neck is adorned by this delicately lovely piece with the four-leaf-clover motif! The signature line originally debuted in 1968 as an opera-length necklace. It grew in popularity with celebrity clients like Grace Kelly, the American actress who married a prince, and also inspired the Hermès’ “Kelly” bag. Now you can spot Alhambra pieces in Hollywood as frequently as swimming pools, and they tend to resell very quickly.

Golden beads line the edges of the necklace’s clovers, which vary in number from piece to piece. The center of the clovers are created from precious and semiprecious gems, including carnelian, mother of pearl, onyx, and diamonds. The delicate chain is composed of rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold links. Van Cleef & Arpels also offers an even daintier Sweet Alhambra spinoff line, with mini quatrefoils and smaller links.

Alhambra aficionados: Reese Witherspoon, Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz and Paris Hilton


2. Frivole

Estimated Retail: $1,575 – $93,000

Spring springs eternal — and beautifully — in these delicate pieces. The Frivole collection is comprised of flowers with lustrous heart-shaped petals created out of mirror-polished or pavé gold. At the center (re-creating a flower’s “pistil”) sits one or three precious gems, mostly diamonds. The white/rose/yellow gold chain secures with an adjustable lobster-clasp, and as with the clovers on an Alhambra, there may be one or multiple flowers on a Frivole.

The Frivole collection, launched in 2003, extends to rings, earrings, watches, and bracelets, in varying sizes, as well as necklaces. Due to the openwork design, more light passes through, adding even more sparkle.

Frivole fan: Kelly Rutherford


3. Perlée Pendant

Estimated Retail: $1,800 – $21,100

“Joyfully feminine,” says Van Cleef & Arpels about the Perlée Pendant. This jewelry line is made from beads of various golds that form the backbone of the Perlée collection and gemstones its heart. An homage to the brand’s attention to detail, each bead is exquisitely handmade and polished until it shines.

Combinations may include yellow/rose/white gold with lapis lazuli, turquoise, coral, carnelian, malachite, or diamonds, all with an adjustable lobster-clasp closure. As with Frivole pieces, an openwork structure allows for the play of light to pass through.

Perlée preferers: Drew Barrymore, Jessica Alba


Lucky Spring

Estimated Retail: $17,120

Finding a ladybug — like discovering a four-leaf clover — means good luck. So as the seasons turn and earth gradually comes back to life after a long, cold winter, it seems very fitting that this colorful long necklace celebrates spring’s rebirth. A recurring theme, the Lucky Spring collection makes its debut with ladybug and flower motifs. And even though it’s new, it has all the details and design to take its spot on the list as one of Van Cleef & Arpel’s top 5 necklaces.

The necklace’s rose gold chain sparkles with reflected light. Carnelian, mother of pearl, and onyx serve as the stones for the motifs. The necklace’s pendant features cheerful ladybugs who perch or fly amid tulips plus other flowers. It’s sure to reassure anyone who wears it or sees it that all gardens bloom again.


5. Two Butterfly Pendant

Estimated Retail: $7,650 – $15,100

Van Cleef & Arpels’  love of nature shows up again in this beautiful necklace. The designers use a bit of asymmetry to complement the chosen color(s) and evoke the feel of a butterfly in flight.

As with all Van Cleef & Arpel pieces, in-house jewelers handmake each unique butterfly. Lapis lazuli, sapphire, and mother of pearl are some gem choices that may make up a butterfly’s wings. Additionally, a central gorgeous marquis diamond serves as its body. A lobster clasp secures the polished 18-karat chain of approximately 16” in length.


Where to buy and sell Van Cleef & Arpels Necklaces



If you are looking for an affordable Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, the pre-owned market is your best option. However, it is important to make sure you buy from a trustworthy seller.

The second-hand market, especially a highly rated seller like myGemma, offers an ideal way to buy Van Cleef & Arpels necklaces at the best price. Shop the designer brands you love at up to 80% off retail, all authenticated by world-class experts.


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Sell Van Cleef & Arpels necklaces to WP Diamonds’ experts in as few as 24 hours. We have a team of gemologists, horologists, and luxury authenticators on hand and available to appraise and price your pieces. Start easily by clicking below and scheduling an in-person appointment in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Japan, or the UK. You can also sell your Van Cleef & Arpels necklace to WP Diamonds online; we offer fully insured and free shipping.

Our service is free of charge: we do not deduct any commissions or fees from our final offer to you. We make the process easy and convenient for you by purchasing your pieces directly online or in person. Find out what your Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry is worth today!

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