Van Cleef & Arpels backs the Australian Ballet
French high jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels has extended a half-century affinity with dance by announcing its support for the Australian Ballet.
Van Cleef & Arpels will sponsor the Australian Ballet – which it decribes as “one of the world’s premier ballet companies” – as well as its Ballet Ambassadors Program.
The announcement was made during a visit to Australia by Van Cleef & Arpels President and CEO Nicolas Bos, who inaugurated the first High Jewellery Gala celebration of its kind in Australia at Barford House, a National Heritage home situated in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill.
Guests were guided on an exploration of the maison’s distinctive style with rooms within the home transformed to reflect “themes held dear to the maison”.
Items displayed included the Zip Antique Astral necklace, Paradaiza necklace, Nœud bracelet, Palmyre earrings and Lathyrus ring. Also presented at the Sydney gala, direct from the Parisian workshop, was a new ballerina clip adorned with rose-cut, pear-shaped, and round diamonds and rubies.
A company spokesperson said: “The Australian Ballet is devoted to nourishing and promoting the art of dance, an emblematic source of inspiration for Van Cleef & Arpels.
“This union with one of the world's premier ballet companies further extends the maison's relationship with the arts and their enchanting universe of dance.”
Van Cleef & Arpels’ association with dance extends back to the early 1900s, when one of the Maison’s founding Arpels brothers, Louis Arpels, would leave his office in Paris’s Place Vendôme to attend a ballet at the nearby Opéra Garnier.
The company created its first ballerina clips (above) in New York in the 1940s and has constantly returned to the theme, which has become a company signature. Previous associations have included the New York City Ballet, the Royal London Ballet and more recently, the LA Dance Project, a collective founded by French choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, who starred in and choreographed the Oscar-winning film Black Swan.