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Vintage Alhambra Earrings
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Vintage Alhambra Earrings

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Sketches of four-leaf clovers litter the archives of French luxury jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels (est. 1896), some of which date back to the early 1900s, and the brand’s beloved Vintage Alhambra earrings celebrate the quatrefoil-shaped multicultural motif that has long characterized the maison’s most popular collection.


“To be lucky, you must believe in luck,” Jacques Arpels (1914–2008), nephew of Van Cleef & Arpels cofounder Estelle Arpels, liked to say. Jacques sought four-leaf clovers in the yard of his childhood home, and owing to his affinity for nature as well as good fortune, it was he who would ultimately launch the Alhambra line, which celebrates a shape that is based on the clover as well as the ancient quatrefoils of Moorish architecture. Van Cleef CEO Nicolas Bos concedes that luck may have played a role in the motif's impressive universal success — devotees of Alhambra over the years have included Princess Grace of Monaco, acclaimed actress Romy Schneider and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.


The inaugural design of the Alhambra collection — a yellow-gold opera-length necklace interspersed with 20 gold four-leaf clovers with beaded edges — debuted in 1968. These beaded edges, along with the integration of colorful stones such as malachite, coral and turquoise, define the house’s Vintage Alhambra line. (The Sweet Alhambra pendant and Magic Alhambra necklace are part of the collection’s other iterations.) While adding new styles and precious and semiprecious stones over the years, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced the Alhambra line continuously since its early days. Vintage Alhambra earrings, which embody the casual ease of the original and see the house’s lauded emblem highlighted in a beaded border, continue to be a playful and elegant symbol of good fortune.

Vintage Alhambra Earrings

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Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Lapis Lazuli Clover 18 Karat Yellow Gold Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Van Cleef & Arpels lapis lazuli Alhambra earrings fashioned in 18 karat yellow gold. The earrings feature two lapis lazuli gemstones set in a clover motif. The Alhambra earrings with...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Stud Earrings

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond and Yellow Gold Vintage Alhambra Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold And Diamond Vintage Alhambra Earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels. With 24 round brilliant cut diamond VVS1 clarity, E color total weight .92ct These earrings are for non p...
Category

20th Century Drop Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Pink Opal White Gold Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Holland, PA
18k White Gold Vintage Alhambra Pink Opal Earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels. With 2 pink opal stones: 15mm each. These earrings are for pierced ears. Details: Measurements: 15mm x 1...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Drop Earrings

Materials

Opal, White Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Green Chalcedony Yellow Gold Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Vintage Alhambra Green Chalcedony Earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels. With 2 green chalcedony stones: 15mm each. These earrings are for non pierced ears, but they can be...
Category

20th Century Drop Earrings

Materials

Chalcedony, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra White Coral Yellow Gold Earrings
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Vintage Alhambra White Coral Earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels. With 2 alhambra shape white coral stones: 15mm each. These earrings are made for pierced ears. These ea...
Category

20th Century Drop Earrings

Materials

Coral