Last week I was honoured to be invited to a beautiful dinner hosted by French luxury maison Van Cleef & Arpels to discover their latest haute joallerie collection, Palais de la Chance. I have always been fascinated by the jeweller’s rich history and savoir faire and was even lucky enough to visit their workshop a few years ago in Paris where I watched artisans bring one-of-kind jewels to life like modern day magicians. It was definitely an experience I will never forget.
But I digress. The intimate dinner, which was held at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, showcased only a selection of pieces from the new collection, but everything on display was breathtaking. Charms have always featured regularly in the maison’s collections (take the iconic four leaf clover for instance) so it only seemed natural that lucky symbols became the theme behind Palais de la Chance. Personally, I was curious to see how the artisans would transform some of the world’s most ancient symbols into modern and wearable jewels and I wasn’t disappointed.
Highlights included the white gold and diamond Étoile Filante clip inspired by shooting stars and the Tresor Aile butterfly ring (symbolising rebirth) which was embellished with blue and purple sapphires, black lacquer and a 5.73 carat fancy vivid diamond at its centre. My favourite was the Lierre necklace, inspired by evergreen ivy, and featuring several strands of oval-cut emeralds from Zambia, weighing a total of 98.62 carats.
While the jaw dropping gems were definitely the highlight of the night, we were also treated to an exquisite meal prepared by three-star Michelin Chef Alain Passard from L’Arpège, Paris. There was also a special performance by iconic actress Deannie Ip who entertained us with several songs about luck and love.
Although the evening had to end, the fun continues online. To celebrate the worldwide launch of the collection, Van Cleef & Arpels has created a special website called Days of Luck where visitors can share their most lucky day/moment on a special calendar online. The most memorable entrants will win an exclusive trip to Paris and a session at Van Cleef’s newly opened jewellery school.
Who knows – maybe today is your lucky day?
Visit the website at www.days-of-luck-vancleefarpels.com