Van Cleef Arpels Hair Brooch Pin
Van Cleef & Arpels’ vintage floral bouquet brooch with rubies and coloured sapphires (circa 1940s) doubles as a statement hair clip effortlessly

Sometimes, life throws you surprises. When it comes to haute joaillerie, these come devilishly disguised in the most precious gems.

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A dazzling necklace reveals earrings, cleverly hidden within its design, that come away with clasps found on the underside; a brooch transforms into a pendant by threading a gold chain through the bails at its back; via hooks and clasps, modular drop earrings allow for a myriad of ways to wear them—with each precious form as charming as the rest. Under the skilled hands of master jewellers, transformability becomes a mesmerising puzzle game that enthrals with its ingenious design and captivating beauty.

Rose De Noel Van Cleef Arpels
A hair clip or a pendant? The Rose de Noël brooch offers a myriad of options for stylish wear.

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And no one arguably brings to life the art of metamorphosis with more poetry than Van Cleef & Arpels. Three years ago, the House unveiled its envelope-pushing Le Secret collection, presenting to the world some 80 designs that each holds exquisite secrets (think swans that transform into fairies with a quick rotation and flower petals that flutter away as butterfly wings). The collection threw the spotlight a on the brand’s lyrical inventiveness, and lucky for us, it’s a magical element that’s ever present throughout its creations.

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This article was originally published in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.