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1 3 5 S I M P LY A B U DH A B I the company is well known for only using the world’s finest examples of diamonds. The bracelets are available in both open and closed configurations and the bracelets are all rigid. There is also a cuff bracelet in crumpled pink gold that adds a wonderful, somehow historically-tinged look. While the contour perlé is there as a signature style, the band area is inspired by the Etruscan civilisation of present-day Italy. Van Cleef & Arpels first explored this theme in 1970, with a limited edition consisting of necklaces, cuffs and hoop earrings, all in yellow gold. None other than the incomparable Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was an admirer. The Perlée creations are in line with the brand’s illustrious heritage and sustain the reputation for unalloyed excellence that Van Cleef & Arpels has maintained for over a century. The Maison has used this beaded setting style to great effect in the 1920s and down through the years on bracelets and necklaces, and the technique has been passed down the generations and continues to change and evolve, always safeguarding the utmost quality. Today, the craftsmen’s expertise is expressed in a succession of gestures – all patiently executed by hand – that require rigor and precision. One by one, the beads that make up the piece are worked by hand, then polished several times to create a smooth and mirror-like appearance. Carefully fitted by the craftsman, a discrete clasp enables the bracelet to be opened and put on with great fluidity. The attention to detail and the time spent shaping the Perlée creations endow them with all the emotion of a rare piece. As Van Cleef & Arpels say of the collection, it is “Whimsical and refined; the Perlée collection is an ode to elegance andmodernity. Van Cleef &Arpels unveils a light and playful spirit with jewels in white gold and pink gold to be mixed andmatched at will.”