Caring for your silver Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry

How many times has this happened to you, you buy a piece of sterling silver Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, wear it a bunch, then over time you forget about it and leave it on your nightstand, and rediscover it months later, only to discover that it’s turned black? Not to worry! There are several ways to get your silver Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry back to new.

The first thing you’ll want to determine is that it is in fact sterling silver. One of the best ways to do this is to look for a stamp on the back or the inside of the ring shank saying “925” or “sterling”. A piece may still be sterling even if it doesn’t have a stamp, so the best way to determine if it’ll polish up is to do a spot test in an inconspicuous area. If it’s not sterling silver, best case scenario it won’t polish, but worst case scenario, it’s not actually tarnished, but in fact losing its plating, which isn’t reversible. You can get it re-plated, but for most costume 18k gold Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, it’s not worth the cost.

Once you’re sure your replica Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry is sterling silver, it’s time to figure out the best way to polish it. If it used to be bright and shiny, and doesn’t have soft stones like opal, turquoise, coral, or pearl, you can usually just dip it in a tarnish remover like Tarn-X. This is the quickest and easiest way to remove tarnish, but I definitely recommend doing a spot test first, because it can be intense! I can’t stress enough that this is NOT for every piece. You can find Tarn-X at most drugstores or here.

Van Cleef & Arpels Butterfly necklace 18k pink goldIf your silver fake van cleef & arpels alhambra necklace has a lot of components or texture, where it was antiqued to bring out the details (think vintage southwest turquoise jewelry), you won’t want to dip the piece. First of all, the chemical will damage the stone, and second, dipping the piece will remove all the oxidation, even in the nooks and crannies where you want it to stay dark. In this case, you’ll want to use a polishing compound-infused cloth. That way, you can buff the high points back up to a bright finish, but the details will remain dark, preserving the high contrast finish. This is the safest method, if you’re concerned about damaging your jewelry. You can get polishing cloths at most jewelers, or here.

With replica Van Cleef & Arpels Clover necklace that is oxidized intentionally, like my oxidized and ombre pieces, don’t try to polish them at all! It will destroy the dark patina.

Real 18k Gold Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry may dull slightly over time, but it doesn’t react with the air the same way that silver does, and it should stay bright and shiny much longer with minimal polishing.

With these simple steps, you can restore your silver van cleef & arpels bracelet copy to a gorgeous shine, but the best way to keep your jewelry looking great is to wear it often, and when you’re not wearing it, keep it in an airtight box or bag, and give your pieces a quick polish frequently with a soft cloth to prevent excessive tarnish buildup. Use anti-tarnish strips in your jewelry box to help prevent oxidation.

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Van Cleef & Arpels latest Alhambra jewellery Collection

Real 18k Gold Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

Real 18k Gold Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

From Van Cleef & Arpels seemingly infinite Alhambra universe comes a new constellation of fine jewellery, which adds another playful twist to the Clover’s famous logo-inspired jewels.

The light-filled new Van Cleef & Arpels Clover Necklace collection is once again inspired by the flowers of the iconic VCA Alhambra print, as seen on leather goods, trunks and fabrics for more than a century. If you recall, the Alhambra motif is made up of three simple geometric shapes: one is a round-petal quatrefoil flower inside a circle; another a simple four-armed star-shaped flower; while the third is the same shape in negative, inside a diamond with tapered points.

Playing with these simple yet versatile shapes, the Clover design atelier in Paris brings new life to these enduring motifs. The Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry outlet in white and yellow gold, and the Star gems in white or rose gold, have been treated to a shimmering of diamonds and the moonlight iridescence of mother-of-pearl.

It is interesting to note that this is the first time Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery UK has featured mother-of-pearl in its Alhambra collection. But since Clover prides itself on doing things its own way, the mother-of-pearl is facetted into a gently rounded cabochon shape, which adds extra depth and a luxurious play of nacre to these delicate fine jewellery pieces. The soft sheen of mother-of-pearl is the perfect companion to the brilliance of diamonds and highly polished gold.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Perlee jewelry radiate warmth thanks to the use of summer-bright white gold or hazy warm yellow gold. The gold circle around each of the motifs is either fluted to create a mirage of light, or set with diamonds to dazzle with their fire.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Jewelry are distinguishable by their generous diamond settings as well as the openwork gold, which allows for sizeable proportions without the weight of solid cast gold.

Strung on dainty chains, dangling from pendants or set on simple gold bands as a ring, the Clover jewels have a resolutely contemporary feel, even if the original Alhambra pattern has its roots in the Victorian era. The long chains and earrings are designed to be worn every day, thanks to the Maison’s delightfully informal sense of luxury.

Forever innovating, the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Bracelet collection, first seen 15 years ago, now consists of the Sun, Star, Idylle, Fusion and Dentelle collections. Testimony to the creative force of Clover’s design team, these fine jewellery pieces remain fresh and distinctive. Using a range of materials and differing levels of opulence, the perennial Alhambra pattern proves that good design lives on and on.

I wonder what Van Cleef & Arpels, who devised the original Alhambra motif in 1896 to protect his steamer trunks from counterfeits, would make of the lifecycle of his famous geometric design?