Is Van Cleef's Clover Still So Lucky At A Fraction Of The Cost?

December 28, 2007 by SheFindsHenley
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Knock-off versions of high-end designs are nothing new. Forever 21 has been copying the big names for years, and you don't have to look hard in Chinatown to get a pretty great bag that costs a fraction of what its twin demands on Fifth Ave. But now we've turned our attention to jewelry and to the accusation by Van Cleef & Arpels that other lines (including Heidi Klum's) have copied their signature clover shape.

Take a look: here's the Van Cleef design

And here are versions by Heidi Klum

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And some really affordable copies from Overstock Jewelers

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I don't know about you, but the similarities are awfully striking. That said, Van Cleef calls their version the Alhambra and claims to draw its inspiration from the Adalucian palace, so couldn't the others have done the same? Probably not, but I'm still not sure that I can see why the expensive jeweler gets a monopoly on such a simple shape. I, for one, can't afford the real deal, and I have no problem with using a bargain version as a place holder until my winning lottery ticket comes along. Honestly, it's not like these people are losing any business, since the women that shop the Overstock versions would not be likely to spend thousands in Van Cleef's were the hundred dollar variety not around.

What do you think? Do you have a problem with knock-off versions of designer goods? Let us know in the comments below.

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