Van Cleef & Arpels designs charity Butterfly clips

Creations to be auctioned in aid of underprivileged children.

Van Cleef & Arpels has announced its participation in the Art Dubai auction for the third consecutive year, presenting its fine jewellery collection Les Voyages Extraordinaires, inspired by the novels of Jules Verne.

The jewellery house will be supporting art and design through the auction – which takes place between March 15-19 – with full proceeds donated to Start, a charity allowing underpriviledged children access to art and creative expression.

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Van Cleef has created two butterfly-inspired pieces which will go on sale including a special edition jewellery box, the entire sale price of which will be donated to Start. The box contains two lacquered butterfly clips, one golden-brown in colour, the other a bold black, to represent day and night.

Resonating Van Cleef’s signature designs inspired by fauna and flora, the brand has interpreted the novels and imagination of Jules Verne in creating the butterfly designs. Argentinean director Alfredo Arias has been chosen to bring this collection to life with the help of painter Ruben Alterio.

Like all pieces in the Papillons Laqués collection, the two butterflies are the fruit of the collaboration between Van Cleef & Arpels and Japanese master lacquerer Hakose San, who uses an ancient lacquering technique.

By choosing these jewellery pieces, totally original in terms of design and creation, Van Cleef & Arpels are "express[ing] their deep bond with all art forms", while in support of Start. 



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