Taipei Hosts Prestigious Jewellery Collection

January 16, 2011 Updated: January 16, 2011
Chinese top model Du Juan displays a necklace named Medusa at a launch party for the Les Voyages Extraordinaires high jewellery collection by Van Cleef & Arpels in Taipei on Jan. 7. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese top model Du Juan displays a necklace named Medusa at a launch party for the Les Voyages Extraordinaires high jewellery collection by Van Cleef & Arpels in Taipei on Jan. 7. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

A model wears a necklace named Maelstrom at the launch party. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
A model wears a necklace named Maelstrom at the launch party. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
A model displays a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and ring. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
A model displays a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and ring. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors admire the jewellery collection, which features four 'fantasy themes' from Jules Verne's novels. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors admire the jewellery collection, which features four 'fantasy themes' from Jules Verne's novels. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
Taipei is this year’s host of the prestigious Les Voyages Extraordinaires, a high jewellery collection by Van Cleef & Arpels that had its premiere in Paris last year. An honoured guest at the launch party on Jan. 7 was Chinese supermodel Du Juan, who wore a set including a necklace, earring, and ring called Medusa.

The idea for Les Voyages Extraordinaires was reportedly inspired by four novels by French author Jules Verne: Five Weeks in a Balloon, From the Earth to the Moon, Voyage To The Centre Of The Earth, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

Van Cleef & Arpels is a French jewellery, watch, and perfume company founded in 1896 by Salomon Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef. The company is renowned for its expertise in precious stones and has won particular acclaim for a groundbreaking gem-setting procedure known as the “Mystery Setting.” The Taipei exhibition will be open to the public from Jan. 8 to 16.