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Magic Alhambra Earrings
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Magic Alhambra Earrings

About the Design

Suspended from the Magic Alhambra earrings are symmetric shapes in the motif that, since it was introduced in 1968, have become the signature design of Van Cleef & Arpels. The first Alhambra piece was a necklace — a long yellow-gold chain with 20 creased gold motifs, the border of each dotted with golden beads, all appearing as if a four-leaf clover had been touched by King Midas.


In 1895, Estelle Arpels, whose family was in the precious-stones business, married a stonecutter’s son named Alfred Van Cleef, and their union led to the founding of the maison of Van Cleef & Arpels in 1906. It was Estelle’s nephew Jacques Arpels (1914–2008) whose vision guided the creation of the Alhambra motif. Arpels enjoyed seeking out the rare four-leaf clovers growing in the garden of his home in Germigny-l'Évêque. He envisioned the Alhambra motif as a symbol of harmony and good fortune, its form inspired by both the clover and the quatrefoils of Moorish architecture. The design proved perfect for the “La Boutique” collection Van Cleef & Arpels had launched in 1954. Opened at its 22 Place Vendôme flagship in Paris, La Boutique offered more accessible pieces aimed at younger customers who wanted jewelry for everyday wear. Later, stemming from this innovative collection, Alhambra was the biggest hit.


The Alhambra motif, with its name evoking the Moorish palace in Granada, Spain, resonated with a 1960s-era exoticism for styles derived from the Middle East. The talisman of good luck quickly became a popular design, worn with bohemian flair by fashion icons like Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor and Françoise Hardy. Along with the Magic Alhambra necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels added earrings, rings and even watches that incorporate the emblem’s curves. While a Van Cleef & Arpels aficionado would instantly recognize the motif in any iteration, the Alhambra designs are not showy in their branding and are easily paired with any outfit on any occasion.


The beauty of the Magic Alhambra design is in its refinement and its meticulous craftsmanship, from the selection of high-quality materials to the setting of the stones. For the Magic Alhambra earrings, there are numerous variations that include white gold paired with diamonds or yellow or rose gold paired with black onyx, malachite, mother-of-pearl and more. The Magic Alhambra earrings remain as sought after as the original necklace was in 1968. Van Cleef & Arpels continues to create pieces in the motif that respond to evolving tastes, and as the enthusiasm for Magic Alhambra jewelry grows, so too does the house’s universal renown.


Magic Alhambra Earrings

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Van Cleef & Arpels 'Magic Alhambra' Gold and Mother of Pearl Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Van Cleef & Arpels 'Magic Alhambra' earrings crafted in 18 karat yellow gold centering on the brand's iconic mother-of-pearl clover motif. Signed VCA, Au750, with serial nu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Pearl, Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels, the Magic Alhambra Mother of Pearl Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Created in 2006 by Van Cleef & Arpels, the Magic Alhambra® jewelry creations gather different-sized Alhambra motifs, coming together in a joyful dance. Inspired by the clover leaf, ...
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Early 20th Century Artist Drop Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Rose Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Onyx Earrings, 18 Karat Yellow Gold
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Honolulu, HI
Authentic Van Cleef & Arpels Onyx Magic Alhambra Onyx earrings in 18K yellow gold from the iconic Alhambra collection. These gorgeous earrings with black onyx center and Milgrain out...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Onyx, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra White Coral Yellow Gold Drop Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Magic White Coral Alhambra Long Earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels. With 2 motifs of white coral alhambra stones 15mm each 2 motifs of white coral alhambra stones 20mm ...
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20th Century Drop Earrings

Materials

Coral, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels 18 Karat Rose Gold Magic Alhambra Clip Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Rose Gold Vintage Alhambra Ear Clips. The Alhambra is with the beaded detailing all around the edges. For your pierced ears, our jeweler can put the posts on t...
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2010s Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Alhambra Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
18k white gold magic Alhambra three diamond motif earrings signed Van Cleef & Arpels. 158 diamonds weighing approximately 4.25 cts. with an original certificate of authenticity. Len...
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2010s Dangle Earrings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alahambra 4 Motif Mother of Pearl Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Los Angeles, CA
100% Authentic, 100% Customer Satisfaction Height: 74 mm ( 3 Inches ) Width: 26 mm ( 1.02 Inches ) Metal: 18K Yellow Gold Hallmarks: VCA 750 Total Weight: 31.92 Grams Stone Ty...
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2010s Drop Earrings

Materials

Pearl, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Diamond Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
From the legendary House of Van Cleef & Arpels, these iconic Magic Alhambra earrings, finely crafted by hand in 18 karat yellow gold, are studded with 40 round brilliant cut diamonds...
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2010s Modern Lever-Back Earrings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold