Van Cleef & Arpels' Enchanting Garden exhibition, which ran from September 7 to 15 at Pedder Building in Central, focused on the magic of nature, as seen through the heritage jeweller's fairytale lens.
Nature has been a source of inspiration for the house since the 19th century and creative director and CEO Nicolas Bos dived into the jeweller’s diamond-decked archives to handpick what he considers Van Cleef’s most important depictions of flora and fauna.
Here, Bos talks us through his best-loved pieces from the Enchanting Garden exhibition.
Van Cleef & Arpels Zip Antique necklace/bracelet
“If I had to pick just one design that perfectly summarises what Van Cleef & Arpels is about, I’d have to choose our signature Zip necklace, which can be transformed into a bracelet. This piece isn’t a representation of nature, but it expresses what’s important to our maison, including exceptional craftsmanship. The necklace is inspired by something very basic, a zipper, and we transform it into something precious. It’s tremendously difficult— almost impossible—to work gold into a zipper design because it’s very soft metal, which makes this Zip Antique Ondée necklace even more special.”