It amazes me how some of the people that I meet in Italy react when I mention that I am from South Africa. Some immediately associate the country with safaris, Nelson Mandela and Shakira’s Waka Waka. Today though, at the presentation of the new Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée collection, common ground was first established when the management team pointed out that their owner, Anton Rupert, is a fellow South African before introducing me to the exquisite rings and bracelets which incorporate the company’s emblematic ‘pearls of gold’.
I don’t think I had ever worn anything quite so expensive before but there I was, sitting around a small table in the boutique on Via Verri in Milan’s Quadrilatero della Moda, spoiled with choice – both gold and diamond jewellery and delicious treats laid out for us, bloggers, to take our pick.
I dabbled between this thick Perlée cuff bracelet handcrafted from polished gold beads to make up the side rings and over 140 sparkling diamonds laid with precision so that it’s flawless from both the top and bottom.
My next pick was a precious Perlée Clover bracelet especially made for my thin wrist. It features the brand’s 4-leaf signature in diamonds centred around a golden pearl. This comes with earrings, pendants and rings to match in white, pink or yellow gold.
While trying to calculate which of my assets would have to be sold to afford the solitaire diamond resting on a band of golden beads, I spooned mouthfuls of a delicious dessert served. “A drama” – as the PR lady described it, this fusion of iced gelato with hot chocolate, crunchy nuts and crumbled caramel was silencing, sinful and already forgiven. Divine! Thanks, VC & A… I had my dessert and ate it…now if only I can get those precious jewels and own it!
For more information, visit the Van Cleef & Arpels website