In 1896, the merger of Alfred Van Cleef and brothers-in-law Charles and Julien Arpels, lovingly forged an exquisite jewelry house with close ties to fashion. Known for exceptional gems and craftsmanship, in 1942 the Frenchman opened its first New York boutique. Today, Van Cleef & Arpels notably claim more than 45 international boutiques. Their inspired aesthetic of jewels and nature was the foundation of George Balanchine’s ballet, Jewels, which premiered at Lincoln Center in 1963. In 1976, Van Cleef & Arpels became the first jewelers to launch an exclusive fragrance—First. Additional launches included Gem, Birmane, Zanzibar and Murmure, and the Tsar and Van Cleef lines.
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Precious Oud is a new fragrance in the collection that encompasses six editions so far: It is one of the most precious fragrances that join this collection and it was created by perfumer Amandine Marie, whose teacher/tutor was perfumer Michel Almairac. Her wish was to accentuate oud as ingredient and to combine it with floral elements. Top notes of this perfume is enriched with sparks of bergamot combined with insolent pink pepper. A heart abounds with jasmine and tuberose petals wrapped in intense incense on a base created of precious woody chords of patchouli, oud, vetiver and sandalwood along with warm amber trail. Fragrance Van Cleef and Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Precious Oud arrives in a classic flacon, shaped like previous fragrances of the Extraordinaire collection, created of glass with a dark, cylindrical stopper.