Timeless Beauty show inspires new ruby and onyx high jewellery.

Luxury jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels has created a number of new jewellery designs to celebrate the opening of its Timeless Beauty exhibition at Shanghai’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

The heritage exhibition will be shown from May 20 to July 15 and will document more than 100 years of Van Cleef’s creations, including jewellery and precious accessories, as well as archive drawings and documents.


This is the first time that China has welcomed such a vast collection of jewellery from the brand and the exhibit itself will be spread across two levels.

In celebration Van Cleef & Arpels has launched several new designs, referencing some of its most iconic fine jewellery pieces as its zip necklace, as well as its emblematic techniques such as its Mystery Setting.

The new designs include the Silk Road Dancer clip, inspired by ballerinas and fairies, and set with rubies and rose-cut diamonds.

The piece pays homage to China by evoking the Chinese dance drama Along the Silk Road, which tells the story of a painter, his daughter and a Persian merchant and has been performed in France, Italy and US and Hong Kong.

The brand has also created two new zip necklaces, one set with rare rubies from Mozambique and a second with Asscher-cut black onyx and marquise and baguette-cut diamonds. Both pieces are also transformable from necklaces to bracelets.

Finally the jewellery house has acquired two rubies it has dubbed “exceptional” – a matching pair of oval-cut stones from Tanzania. They weigh 13.33 and 13.83 carats respectively and “possess a vibrant red colour which is remarkably uniform and intense”.

The stones have been set into a pair of earrings with a diamonds surround – a very classic design.