Riding Your Luck With the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection
When it comes to the idea of luck, there are arguably many definitions and interpretations. For some, it is happenstance, the idea that moments can be serendipitous. These are the eternal optimists, the romantics who choose to believe that fate is beyond our control. For others, luck is summoned through elaborate rituals. They try to exercise ownership over their destiny by wielding charms to try to steer their luck in the “right” direction. Then, you have the pragmatic realists who believe that luck simply is a combination of hard work and opportunity.
For French jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels, the element of luck is its guiding spirit and the inspiration for its luxurious designs. It all began with Jacques Arpels, the nephew of founder Estelle, who would search for four-leaf clovers in the gardens surrounding his home and present them to the Van Cleef & Arpels staff, along with a poem titled Don’t Quit to encourage them to never give up hope. This gave birth to the brand’s most iconic collection, the Alhambra.
While not many of us have the luxury of time that young Jacques had, lucky for us, Van Cleef & Arpels has incorporated the four-leaf clover into its designs and has since released many iterations over the years, giving customers a beautiful good luck charm to wear and pass on the good fortune for generations to come. Here, two inspiring women—Dawn Koh and Trina Liang-Lin—share what luck means to them.
To me, luck is an opportunity that presents itself unexpectedly and you should make the best of it. Throughout my life, I have been blessed to be around people who have influenced me positively.
— Dawn Koh
The harder you work, the luckier you get. I’ve never felt particularly lucky, and never won a lucky draw in my life, but I’ve always felt loved and supported by the people around me.
— Trina Liang-Lin
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