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With their color of burning embers, rubies have long fascinated civilizations the world over. The gems have fueled Van Cleef & Arpels’ imagination ever since 1906, inspiring some of its most emblematic creations. Today, the Maison pays tribute to them with the High Jewelry collection Treasure of rubies. Made up of 60 unique pieces, this corpus of creations showcases the beauty and majesty of this extremely rare stone. Much sought-after, rubies of exceptional quality are often even rarer than diamonds.

Like a passionate and demanding collector, Van Cleef & Arpels has brought together more than 3,000 carats of certified rubies over the space of several years. The quest for exceptional gems has inspired the Maison ever since its foundation, notably with the Arpels brothers’ numerous voyages to India and the Far East from the 1950s to the 1970s. It here takes the form of a treasure trove of precious stones, in creations that reveal all their nuances and fires: from a flower with vermilion petals to a scarlet ribbon or a purple paisley motif, they reflect Van Cleef & Arpels’ inspirations in a palette of glowing red.

Rubies – which Indians call “the king of gems” – do not reveal all their secrets at first sight. It takes time to discover and explore them, and penetrate their hidden depths. Treasure of rubies is an invitation to immerse the gaze in this precious material, a journey to the heart of color.


“With Treasure of rubies, Van Cleef & Arpels is continuing an adventure that began in 2016 with Émeraude en majesté: dedicating a High Jewelry collection to a single exceptional stone. In keeping with its historic quest for Pierres de Caractère, the Maison has brought together more than 3,000 carats of certified rubies for the first time, in an ensemble of 60 unique creations.”

Nicolas Bos

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