Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dreamy Van Cleef & Arpels Windows

A “Palmyre” diamond necklace with an attached starfish clip from the “Seven Seas” collection. Wow!

After a visit to the newly renovated and gorgeous jewelry salon at Bergdorf Goodman—see it if you can, it is so glamorous and luxe inside, all pale gray with touches of silver and gold and beautiful chandeliers!—my mother and I stopped to admire the gems in the Van Cleef & Arpels windows next door. You used to be able to enter VCA right from Bergdorf but that is over, they built up a wall during the renovation between the two stores so you will have to leave one to enter the other, even though they are in the same building.

It was close to closing on a Saturday night when we were there so some of the windows were partially turned out—it was interesting to see that the cases contain a kind of Lazy Susan cabinet that allows the merchandiser to turn the displays out at the end of the day in order to retrieve the jewelry. Unlike Tiffany & Co. across the street, Van Cleef & Arpels does not leave their jewelry in the windows overnight. It’s too bad, though I do understand.

Love the jewelry, love the displays!

As ever, to gaze into the windows at Van Cleef & Arpels is to look into a dream and it’s one I never want to wake up from! I do love to see the colored stones they use and the workmanship too. These windows were particularly wonderful to me since they featured backgrounds of deep pink and lavender, with gold and metallic pastel starburst designs that always make me think of the 1950s and 60s.

Another of Van Cleef & Arpels’ amazing clips.

There were stunning necklaces, bracelets,  and of course some of the clips I love, like that butterfly fairy above, and the beyond-glorious starfish clip that was attached to the multi-row diamond necklace. I weep! And how about this for a bracelet:

Love the bird detail and all that pink! Sapphires, I think, but tell me if I am wrong, gem experts!

I love diamonds as much as the next gal but I tell you, I really do feel a stronger pull toward colored gemstones and the ring below, which features a ruby nestled in diamonds, is now my new favorite thing ever in a Van Cleef & Arpels window. This is the ring of my dreams!

Heart-stopping ring of ruby (I think) and diamonds.

Another ring I loved was the multi-stone (and huge) ring of sapphires (pink and blue), diamonds, and onyx, shown below. Wouldn’t it be fun to wear this to a swanky party and swill champagne! No one would be able to take their eyes from your hand!

Now that is my idea of a cocktail ring!

The side of the ring. I would love to try this on!

This window was about to be put away for the night.

I wish this shot had come out clearer to show this beautiful clip.

I also enjoyed the window on the 57th Street side of the store that featured more every day pieces, like the Vintage Alhambra necklaces, earrings and ring. I would not say no to a 10-motif necklace!

A window devoted to more wearable everyday pieces.

I love these two necklaces layered together.

Bangles of gold and pavé diamonds.

Let me know what you’d pick from this feast of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry if you could choose just one thing! My selection would definitely be the ruby and diamond ring. I would love to hear your top pick!


Coulda shoulda woulda said...

VCA is my weakness. I'm not picky I'll take anything blind. P's half the stuff of left in the Windows is fake BC insurance won't allow it. In the Uk at least

Poppy Buxom said...

The multi-strand diamond necklace with the starfish pin. I think I have enough personality to pull it off. If not, I'll develop some. It would be worth it!

rosie said...

No hesitation here. It would definitely be the ruby & diamond ring. Beyond stunning.
It looks like VC&A used a pear shape ruby set sideways surrounded by diamonds.

I will try to get to the VC&A window & Bergdorf's when I get back for Easter.

Jill said...

Hi Naomi, I am with you, VCA is definitely one of my weaknesses and I would also take anything, it is all so lovely! I do wonder about the items they put in the window, I assumed they were real since they take them out at night. Bulgari, Mikimoto and Cartier also take the jewelry out of the window when they are closed. I have wondered if Tiffany puts in faux copies since they DO leave their pieces in the windows all night long. They are the only ones who do! x

Jill said...

Hi Poppy! Oh you definitely have the personality to pull off that starfish. In fact, I think it may have to grow another arm just to keep up with you. Ha. x

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! Great minds think alike! Here's to the ruby and diamond ring! If that's an engagement ring, it is one of the best I have ever seen, I just absolutely love it. I am sure BG and VCA--and all the other 5th Avenue stores--will have the most gorgeous window displays in time for Easter! And I know you will love that new jewelry salon at Bergdorf's, it is so wonderful even before you start looking into the cases. x

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

I love that ruby ring! If I didn't already have one I would be begging my husband for this one. One of our neighbours is a diamond cutter and he makes jewellery for V&C.
I'm going to show him the your photo and see what I can find out about it.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

That Starfish...stunning! What a beautiful piece!

Jill said...

Hello Duchess, anything you can find out about that ring would be welcome knowledge! I am crazy for it so I'd love to know more! x

Jill said...

Hi Pam I really like that starfish too, I think those are pink sapphires, but I'm not entirely clear on that. The entire effect is so gorgeous, no matter what stones they are! x

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

Hi Jill,
I just came back for another look, as I passed by the VCA in Rome today; but didn't have my camera. I'll try to get by there tomorrow and take some photos of the windows. I do remember they had a similar diamond collar necklace in the window.
I'll let you know what I find out.

Jill said...

Hi Duchess, you are IN ROME???? Lucky lady! Get pictures of whatever you can! Take pictures at Bvlgari AND VCA! Can't wait to see whatever windows you can capture. Rome is one of my favorite cities in the world, I hope to return someday! xx

Rena said...

What a beautiful display. I can only imagine what it must look like in person. My pick would be the butterfly clip. Thank you for sharing these 'gems' on the Powers the Flower link-up.

Happiness at Mid Life said...

I always have a weakness for their jewelry. I remember going into the store not knowing how expensive the Alhambra necklace was on tried it on. When I asked the price, I almost choked and said that I will let my husband know and come back for it.

Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


Jill said...

Hi Rena, I think the butterfly clip is an excellent choice! If I wasn't so crazy for the ring, that would be my top pick too. x

Jill said...

Hi Alice, I loved your story, I can relate to it so well. I would love to know what you tried on, one of the Alhambra pendants? Or one of the 10 or 20-motif necklaces? I remember learning the price of one of those a few years ago and I just could not believe it. I would have to win the lottery (big time!) to justify getting one of those. Maybe a pendant will come my way in the future, especially from the secondhand market! x

Jenna said...

I like that starfish.