One moment you are walking across the beautiful Place Vendome, admiring the classical Eighteenth Century architecture, dodging taxis and listening to the clamour of tourists, and the next you are inside a ravishing woodland grotto, with the sound of a babbling brook and tweeting birds in your ears.
When I visited Paris with Van Cleef & Arpels for the launch of their Cosmos collection I was expecting a quiet room, some glass cases and an air of quiet expectation. This bucolic fantasy, was quite the glorious surprise.
The pretty Cosmos four-leaved clover shape comes in two versions: mother of pearl, pink gold, diamond, and onyx, white gold and diamond. Although the pieces look deceptively simple, each petal is mounted at an angle, to better replicate flowers in nature, and eight different sizes of diamonds are used on each petal to catch the light.
Floral motifs have long been a house signature at Van Cleef & Arpels,
And here’s a tiny stop motion flicker film we made in the Place Vendome boutique of me wearing some of the Cosmos collection.