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Not-So-Lucky Clover

Van Cleef & Arpels' vintage four-leaf clover design, known as the "Alhambra," has proven lucky for the jewelry giant -- and, until lately, for many others as well.  In October, New York Times reporter Alex Kuczynski wrote a feature on the popular style, noting:

Knockoffs are rampant. A New York socialite I know had her Alhambra necklace made on 47th Street for a quarter of the retail price. Heidi Klum appropriated the clover design for the jewelry she designs for Mouawad, and Web sites such as Overstockjeweler.com offer copies for $180.

Even the usually skeptical writer herself succumbed to the design's allure -- albeit in the form of a cheaper knockoff. 

Van Cleef, however, is not flattered.  In the latest in a series of legal actions against various alleged copyists, the company has sued both Heidi Klum's eponymous company and Mouawad.  (Complaint to follow, along with any eventual answer -- which will presumably claim that the design is generic.) 

Van Cleef & Arpels (left) and Heidi Klum for Mouawad (right)

There may yet be hope for a reconciliation between wealth and beauty, however.  The jewelry company and the supermodel have a common adversary in OverstockJeweler.com -- which has copied them both

Via Blogging Project Runway.

UPDATE:  Here is the complaint.