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Van Cleef and Arpels’ Good-Luck Charm

Jenna Hockema

The French jeweler Van Cleef and Arpels has reimagined one of its signature 1970s designs—a wooden bangle with gold plates—in the Croire à la Chance bracelets, whose name means “to believe in luck.” The wooden bracelets ($6,150) play on the superstitious concept of touching wood to keep evil spirits away. Early versions of the original bangle featured a gold plaque with a saying from Jacques Arpels, a nephew of the company’s founder, Alfred Van Cleef: “Pour avoir de la chance, il faut croire à la chance” (to be lucky, you have to believe in luck). The new designs, available in three sizes, are created in three wood varieties: black ebony, purplish amaranth, and violet wood, which changes from dark brown to deep purple when cut. Each bangle features a gold plaque with Arpels’s maxim. (877.826.2533, www.vancleefarpels.com)

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