Limited edition pieces made from 25-year-old letterwood and rose gold.

By Deepa Narwani

Van Cleef and Arpels has launched two new collections under the Vintage Alhambra range featuring a rich coloured wood called letterwood, some of which was discovere during the renovation of its Paris store.


The luxury brand said that during the recent refurbishment of its workshop on Place Vendôme in Paris, some planks of letterwood were discovered in a cupboard that had been untouched for 25 years.

This discovery inspired the brand to use this wood to create new pieces for the Vintage Alhambra collection.

The first of the two collections is limited edition range that will be launched in September. It will be created with alternating motifs of letterwood and rose gold, using the classic Alhambra flower shape that Van Cleef has become famous for.

The second collection will be a permanent addition to the Vintage Alhambra range, also made using letterwood. It will be rolled out across Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques in November.

Both collections feature  necklaces, bracelets, pendants and stud earrings.