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History

Van Cleef and Arpels was born from the love story between Estelle Arpels, daughter of a gem dealer, and Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a gemstone maker. The second teamed up with his father-in-law and they opened their first boutique in 1906 on the prestigious Place Vendôme in Paris. Quickly, jewellers know a strong notoriety, adapting to the demand of a demanding clientele. Among them, Grace Kelly, Barbara Hutton, The Duchess of Windsor or the Indian Maharajas will pass the Place Vendôme or the many shops open in strategic seaside towns. The house created, over time, unique pieces, inspired by cultures around the world, travel, nature, tales and legends. The Richemont group becomes the owner of the company in 1999. The maison is a member of the Comité Colbert.

Designer Artistic Director

Catherine RENIER CEO & Artistic Director

Renée PUISSANT (born Rachel VAN CLEEF) , founder's daughter has been artistic director for 20 years since 1926. She would cooperate with famous René Sim Lacaze.

Iconic Product
Invention

CADENAS | COLLIER ZIP

The creativity of the Cadenas watch, created in 1936, makes it an icon of today and tomorrow. | The ZIP necklace made in 1950, is an iconic piece of the Van Cleef & Arpels collection with its unique design incorporating a zip in the necklace.
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