Nary an Alhambra four-leaf clover in sight, Van Cleef & Arpels’ latest Lucky Spring collection takes on an entirely fresh muse — quite literally.

Springtime. The season of renewal. Growth. Florals. There’s a myriad of inspirations and a world of interpretations depending on who you’re asking. At Van Cleef & Arpels, however, the multi-disciplinary source is filtered through the French maison’s elegant lens. A simple-and-sweet lineup, Lucky Spring is a collection of six delicate pieces dedicated to the season: a long necklace, three bracelets, a clip and a pair of earrings. It’s sophisticated, classically Van Cleef & Arpels; yet tinged with a delightful sense of joie de vivre. 

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How so, you may ask? Take a gander at the Lucky Spring cast: dainty ladybugs — some even lifelike in mid-flight — plum blossoms and the leaves and bells of the Lily of the Valley. It’s a step away from the widely recognised, single-themed motifs that are common in Van Cleef & Arpels’ portfolio in exchange for a poetic showcase of nature’s most notable stars. Each of motifs are not chosen at random either; in fact, they’re carefully considered and pay homage to brand’s celebrated archive. Florals have been longtime source of inspiration since the brand’s debut, and dates back to the 1920-era diamond clips and brooches. The ladybug, meanwhile, part of Van Cleef & Arpels overarching narrative of ‘good luck animals’ — tender companions of daily life — first making an appearance in the 1930s as a delicate charm.

In many ways, then, Lucky Spring is interestingly oxymoronic. A symbol of new beginnings yet a retrospective at Van Cleef & Arpels’ colourful past.

To no surprise, impeccable savoir-faire has always been a core tenet of the House. Materials are expertly sourced in complementing palettes; rose gold, mother-of-pearl, carnelian and onyx set the stage for the Lucky Spring collection. Craftsmanship, through the hardworking hands of in-house jewellers, are met with meticulous processes from the matching of symmetric stones — cut and polished to perfection — to the iconic beaded mount that frames each and every piece.

And the elegant pieces really do emulate the unpredictability of the season. Flowers that bloom in surprise; tiny creatures that flit and flutter between petals on precarious whims. The stationed motifs appear seemingly no uniformed order. A bulbous petal here, followed by a ladybird mid-flight or a jutted-out frond. A jovial snapshot of a well-manicured garden mid-afternoon.

Browse though the Lucky Spring collection below: 

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Lucky Spring collection is available online and in boutiques citywide, including Shop G16-17, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 9677

Images courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels

Lorria Sahmet
Style Editor
Two years of covering luxury retail later, Lorria is thrilled to be dedicated to writing about fashion, food and lifestyle. When not roaming around garden centres hauling back new plants for her indoor jungle, she is most likely hunting down the best fries in the city. She's happiest by the ocean with a fishbowl glass of ice-cold Aperol spritz.