NEW YORK - Look at any piece of Alhambra and you’ll see the telltale quatrefoil motif, the graphic form depicting one of nature’s simpler wonders, a four-leaf clover. It also has the perfume of far-away lands, the name Alhambra meaning the Moorish fortresses built in Spain during the Middle Ages. This yin and yang of the everyday and the exotic also describes the various necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and wristwatches in the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection – some are stylishly declarative in yellow gold, others are made with hard stones such as lapis lazuli and carnelian or dressed in diamonds and white gold. Grace Kelly is forever identified with the Alhambra, and owned several long necklaces.
Who wears Alhambra today? Everyone, it seems, among them Reese Witherspoon, Katie Couric, Charlize Thereon, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and, to come full circle, Princesses Caroline and Charlene of Monaco, Grace Kelly’s daughter and daughter-in-law, respectively. Which only goes to prove that icons aren’t just born. They live.
So when is the last time you held a four-leaf clover? If you believe in luck, then one of the beauties in the Important Jewels sale just might be yours.