During this Couture Paris Fashion Week, renowned French fine jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels is unveiling its newest high jewelry collection: Émeraude en Majesté. The dazzling line up pays tribute to the emerald, and the collection celebrates the brand’s long-standing history with the precious stone. The pieces showcase beaded, carved, and polished emeralds that are set in opulent drop earrings, rings, and necklaces. The Grand Opus set features a 127 carat necklace that stands out for its three engraved emeralds. Meanwhile, lustrous violet sapphires and sparkling diamonds trace a spiral patterned bracelet for a striking contrast against two polished emerald cabochons.
The green stone plays a pivotal role in the Van Cleef & Arpels heritage. The brand’s creations include one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces purchased by an illustrious clientele, including a number of prominent figures from the Middle East. Among them is the late Princess Faiza Rauf of Egypt—sister of the late King Farouk of Egypt—who secured an ornate diamond choker necklace that featured large, teardrop emeralds. However, one of the most prestigious commissioned orders in the history of the storied House was Empress Farah Pahlavi’s coronation crown—a regal piece that had a remarkable 150 carat engraved emerald set at the center. During that same period, the French House created emerald jewelry sets (complete with matching tiaras) for the late Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s sister Princess Shams Pahlavi and his daughter Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi for the same coronation ceremony. In the gallery above, feast your eyes on the Émeraude en Majesté collection before hitting play on the video below to see more of Van Cleef & Arpels’ enchanting emeralds.