Van Cleef & Arpels

posted 4 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I don’t own any, but as a jewellery lover have been following them for a few years now. I am SHOCKED at the cost for such simple items! Like the alhambra necklace being $3000+. I have also seen a huge uptick in fakes though, so the college kids could be wearing replicas. They obviously lack the refinement of the VCA and the chain is hideous, but from a distance could be mistaken. 

$3300 cad

$40cad

But anyways, I’m way too poor to buy these haha. Not something I’d spend my money on, but some of the diamond encrusted items are crazy fun to look at.

Post # 3
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Honey bee

I’m not a fan of their designs but that’s just personal taste. I went to the website to see if they had anything new and omg the prices! 🤯 They are ridiculous!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper

Yes, very popular in a certain young well off demographic and I see older women wear it too. IMO the Alhambra is a very pretty design. I think it has almost become a bit too recognizable, though. I hear they do hold value on resale. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2022 - Edmonton, AB

Hello Sunburn, 

I have lusted after a few VCA items for many years. I just find them to be a hard pill to swallow, when for that price of some of them, I could get a loose diamond and mount it into something fun. I think my tastes have also changed and I’ve been getting simpler jewelry that I wear every day and don’t really change out. 

Wedding set…  solitaire diamond pendant… DBTY bracelet from BGD… I don’t really change it up anymore. Maybe that’s a covid thing now though haha, since I don’t go anywhere. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I love their wedding bands, same ball park as Cartier and Tiffany and Co

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

I had quite a crush on the Paradis ring for a while but they only made it in white gold (I’m allergic) and I don’t think they offer it at all any longer.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

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@sunburn:  I’m curious as to which college students can possibly afford this kind of thing…..

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I learned of VC&A from Pricescope. Definitely not my style, but I’m very boring when it comes to jewelry; outside of my wedding set I’m totally fine with costume jewelry. I don’t go anywhere that commands anything more. Interesting that it’s big among the younger crowd! That to me seems like a clout chasing thing. 

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My absolute favourite! As a wedding gift, my parents gifted me a rose gold set for our pre-wedding dinner (sweet alhambra earrings, vintage necklace, bracelet) — when I went to work, I’d wear them every day. I also have the small perlee ring from dh. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

I love looking at them! Their pieces look well crafted and impeccable, which I love. Not a fan of ALL the designs, but hey, I could say that about any brand. Never wanted to buy anything personally because I just haven’t been into wearing jewelry other than my wedding set, but I can definitely see why other people go for it.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@sunburn:  I was invited to a Christmas party at the home of very successful specialist I work with. His wife had on a two pairs of the Alhambra earrings in both ears. They were in different sizes, the sweet and the vintage. They were the ones that were the red carnelian and she had the smaller one on top of the larger one. I told her how much I loved her idea of stacking them and she’d told me she’d seen a woman wearing them that way in cannes so she made a mental note and sought them out to copy the look. She said it was a good way to cover her three piercings in her ear from her younger days that she now regrets because the second piercing wasn’t done properly and weren’t even on both ears. Googled it when I got back home that night and found a few pictures of it on pinterest and saved them. Now all I need is the second ear piercing and the ability to push through a mental barrier to spend that much money on a piece of jewelry that is really just a name and not actually value by way of gold and precious stones. Carnelian is a pretty plentiful and cheap stone and they really don’t have that  much gold content or detailed workmanship to justify the 4k price tag per pair for me personally! If I was going to drop 8k on earrings, I’d do some amazing quality pearls or diamond studs! 😬

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I love the necklaces but would worry about the durability of the bracelets.

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