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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Limited Edition Malachite Alhambra Necklace in 18k Yellow Gold.
A classic for any wardrobe, this vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Limited Edition Malachite Alhambra Necklace is adorned with ten clover motifs. Five of these motifs are custom-cut green malachite,; set in 18k gold. In addition, the remaining five motifs feature 18k gold and exhibit beautiful gilded beading, very similar to traditional granulation.
In the late 1960’s, Van Cleef & Arpels created the Alhambra collection which has become iconic to the fine jewelry house. Alhambra is born from the Arabic Al-Hamra meaning “the red one”. An early form of the name was associated with a red-colored earth in Granada, Spain – where the infamous “Alhambra” castle was eventually built. The site remains to this day as a legacy of the Moorish kings of Spain. Subsequently, the name has become associated with timeless pieces from the jewelry Maison that feature the clover motif. That said, the four leaves serve a symbol of good fortune and are exemplary to the Van Cleef & Arpels fine jewelry house.
This necklace is paired with a Certificate of Authenticity.