Van Cleef & Arpels has launched ıts Le Grand Tour hıgh jewellery collectıon ın Rome

To unveil its latest collection of high jewellery, Van Cleef & Arpels chose Rome for a location. And the Parisian maison had reason to do so: entitled Le Grand Tour, this new offering is a precious interpretation of the journeys through Europe that young aristocrats undertook from around the late 17th century onwards. Planned and mapped out as an add-on to an academic education, grand tours would typically take in sites from centuries past, ancient cities (particularly around Italy) and even snake through remote mountain passes. 

As it often did back then, the Grand Tour by Van Cleef & Arpels begins in London. The capital city inspired a necklace in a colour palette of white and blue. It’s a nod to Wedgwood porcelain. In white gold, the Josiah necklace is bedecked in white diamonds. Then, there are two deep blue oval sapphires, both from Sri Lanka. In between sits a round diamond of 1.5 carats. 

From its London departure point, this Grand Tour then takes in sites across Europe, each inspiring remarkable pieces of high jewellery. Chandeliers from the 18th century and life at royal court near Paris inspired a pair of rose and white gold earrings set with mauve sapphires, diamonds and a duo of oval rubellites. 

Mountains cloaked in snow – perhaps in Switzerland – gave design cues to the Regina Montium necklace. In white gold, the dramatic collier suggest ice and snowflakes with white diamonds, sapphires, aquamarines and tanzanites. At the heart of the necklace, an oval blue-green tourmaline or 27.70 carats and one cushion-cut tourmaline (also blue and green in tone) sparkle.