Romeo and Juliet: Van Cleef & Arpels new collection of high jewelry
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A new collection of high jewelry Romeo & Juliet – an omazh tragedy of Shakespeare. Literature, as well as ballet, are favorite themes that the French Jewelry House Van Cleef & Arpels devotes to its collections. In 2003 there was a “Midsummer Night's Dream”, in 2014 a “Donkey Skin”. The release of the Romeo & Juliet collection. The House presents a joint project with the choreographer Benjamin Milpier: in May 2020 his ballet-interpretation of the famous tragedy will be released. Actually, the Van Cleef & Arpels collection is also an interpretation. According to the creative director and CEO of the company Nicolas Bo, they were interested not so much in a love story as in the general context – the architecture of the city, the painting of the Verona school, the hidden gardens inside the courtyards, the symbolism of color.

The collection has a lot of literal figurative ornaments, which were created by the plot of the play. These are picturesque brooches in the form of a balcony in the house of Capulet, figurines of lovers or jewelry with a figurine of either a nightingale, or a lark on the reverse side, which quotes the morning dialogue in the bedroom of Juliet.


More subtle parallels are worth reading in the details of invisible setting Merli rings or bracelets, which repeat the form of architectural porticoes of the city, or the twisted Verona and Belfiore transformer necklaces, which resemble high collars of Verona nobility and ceremonial ornaments on Renaissance portraits, as well as ornamented medallions as a stained rose gothic temples.


The main symbolic parallels are revealed with the help of stones. The Capulet house is represented by blue sapphires and lapis lazuli, as in a Maiolica necklace with a central sapphire from Sri Lanka 42 carats. Montecchi's house is rubies, as in asymmetric Kiss at the Balcony earrings or Filtro d’amore rings with a 3.85 carat ruby. The final alliance between clans is a combination of red and blue, which, when mixed, give a wide palette of violet and purple in sapphires and amethysts.


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