All the Pretty Creatures

Jens Mortensen

The fairly divine story behind Van Cleef & Arpels's new high-jewelry collection

Zoomorphic baubles aren’t exactly new. Cartier’s panthers, Bulgari’s serpents, David Webb’s frogs, and JAR’s butterflies live on countless wrists, necks, and lapels. But an entire animal kingdom forged in precious gems and metals? That’s a feat of, well, biblical proportions. Van Cleef & Arpels’s 120-piece Arche de Noé collection brings to life some 60 animal species—specific...