The clover-shaped quatrefoil motif can be found in the grandest of buildings, from the Doge’s Palace in Venice to Rheims Cathedral. Dating back to shapes found in early Islamic architecture, it made its way to Europe via the Silk Road. When Van Cleef and Arpels featured it in a new jewellery line in 1968, they named it Alhambra.
Fashion supremo Suzy Menkes dubbed it the first feminist jewellery. For centuries, jewellery had been mostly...
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