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Sunday, September 26, 2010

If the World is Your Oyster, Van Cleef Has its Pearl

OK, we admit it: we have a real weakness for pink gold. And for bold rings. And, for that matter, for Van Cleef & Arpels. Over the years, we've enjoyed working with some of the house's highest of high jewelry, as well as some of its simplest. So imagine our pleasure, walking into VC&A's New York boutique on Fashion's Night Out, to discover its new Perlée collection of pink or white-gold earrings, bracelets and rings (named for those tiny, pearl-like beads). Heaven.

In fact, this perfect little collection has something for everyone, from relatively plain gold bands to flashier styles set with diamonds. And while everything's beautifully made (this is Van Cleef, after all) it's also blissfully free of pretension: most items are so simple and charming, an extravagant uncle, aunt or godparent could even bestow one on a lucky child. Understanding, of course, that Mom would have to keep it safe by wearing it herself (at least for a few years).