Van Cleef & Arpels was born in Paris’ Place Vendôme in 1906, following Alfred Van Cleef’s marriage to Estelle Arpels in 1895. Over the years, the Maison has remained faithful to a highly distinctive style characterized by creativity, refinement, poetry and enchantment. Whether inspired by nature, couture or the imagination, its collections of High Jewelry, Jewelry and Timepieces evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty. Combining best quality stones called "Pierres de Caractère™" with virtuoso craftsmanship, technical prowess and innovation, the Maison today continues to share its aesthetics and positive vision of the universe with the world. Van Cleef & Arpels has established over 100 boutiques across the globe, which are perfect embodiments of the elegant and enchanting style of the Maison.