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Behind the curtain at Van Cleef & Arpels’s romantic jewellery gala

“Love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.” – Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare.

In moments of high jewellery creation, Van Cleef & Arpels speaks the language of something greater. To celebrate the launch of their latest collection, the brand hosted guests for an enchanting gala at Sydney’s historic St Patrick’s Estate, sweeping them through the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. For their Romeo & Juliet-inspired pieces a journey of eternal love was brought to life, a delicate homage to Shakespeare’s iconic masterpiece.

The gala itself was cinematic, capturing the narrative of Shakespeare’s lovers through illustrations by the renowned Lorenzo Mattotti, which adorned the estate for the event.

The collection glimmered under the spotlight in a show choreographed by French designer Gaspard Yurkievich, with exclusively designed gowns. As always, Van Cleef & Arpels looked to beauty in the details to honour their creations, with guests enjoying the fine cuisine of Michelin chef Bruno Menard, who travelled to Sydney especially for the occasion.

And so, a Van Cleef & Arpels symphony came to be, with artworks, dance, drama and gastronomy colliding together in perfect harmony. The young lovers’ fate plays out time and time again, but the remnants of their love continues to illuminate. This we know for sure, and in the crafting of high jewellery poetry by Van Cleef & Arpels we’re reminded that the language of love is the greatest to master.