The clover’s history can be traced back to ancient times when it was revered by various cultures for its mystical properties. In Celtic tradition, the clover, particularly the four-leaf variety, was a symbol of luck and protection against evil spirits. Each leaf of the clover was believed to represent different attributes: faith, hope, love, and luck. Similar to the Hamsa hand or blue Eye to protect the beholder from the evil eye glare of envy. 

Its popularity can be found in modern time all around us from the foods we eat to Sports teams. Lucky Charms cereal dating back to the early 60’s features a Leprechaun who’s history dates back Irish folklore who guards hidden treasures. The cereal features marshmallow shaped green clovers, pink hearts, orange stars and yellow moons. It actually was one of my favorite cereals growing up, and the marketing behind it worked as kids we wanted to find the hidden gold and would seek out the green marshmallows first.

We find the clover leaf today in one of the most storied sports franchises in history. The Boston Celtics National Basketball Association (NBA) establishing itself as a powerhouse with numerous championship wins. The Boston Celtics logo is one of the most recognizable in sports featuring a leprechaun and shamrocks or known as the clover leaf. I personally am a Lakers fan. The List of the clover symbol goes on and on with sports teams, St Patrick’s Parades, drinks and so on. 

The popularity of the Clover in Jewelry has exploded thanks to Van Cleef & Arpels According to their website. In 1895 in Paris, Estelle Arpels, daughter of a dealer in precious stones, married Alfred Van Cleef, son of a lapidary craftsman and diamond broker. Founded in 1906 by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomon Arpels in Paris, Van Cleef & Arpels quickly became synonymous with luxury and elegance. The house gained acclaim for its innovative designs, exceptional craftsmanship, and the use of high-quality gemstones.

Jacques Arpels, a key figure in the company and a passionate believer in luck, played a pivotal role in popularizing the clover motif. He was known to gift four-leaf clovers to his staff, accompanied by a note saying, “To bring you luck.”

The true turning point for Van Cleef & Arpels came in 1968 with the introduction of the Alhambra collection, which prominently featured the clover motif. Inspired by the clover’s symbolism of luck and harmony, the Alhambra collection was designed to evoke the enchanting gardens of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. It has adorned some of the worlds most Iconic figures, Royals like Grace Kelly, the Princess of Monaco and Duchess of Windsor and many Hollywood celebrities. My personal favorite piece is the Vintage Alhambra bracelet, 5 motifs. However, quality comes at a price, according to the official Van Cleef & Arpels Website this model retails for $6,300, this does not include the taxes. 

Sadly, this was out of my budget working part time on a bloggers salary. Fortunately, there are many out there making similar bracelets from low end to high end quality. I was able to get my hands on a beautiful Clover Bracelet and good quality one from PurrfectBling.com. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and feel and especially everyone asking me if it was the real deal. If you are like me and can’t afford the hefty price tag, and I am sure its well worth it, you do have options out there.

Published by HOLR Magazine.

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