Van Cleef & Arpels are known for their signature clover leaf design on their jewelry and it seems they think so as well. And, they think supermodel turned TV star/mogul Heidi Klum has stolen their design.
The jewelry company filed suit against her in Manhattan’s federal court last week citing copyright infringement. They are suing the Project Runway host for damages in excess of $25,000.
Meanwhile Pascal Mouawad, head of Mouawad USA (the company for which Heidi designs her jewelry), dismisses the claim. He said, "We believe this claim has no merit. It’s clear that shapes like clovers, hearts, crosses, etc., are universal symbols and are commonly used in jewelry."
"Heidi has been wearing her pieces on Project Runway and we’ve seen them become quite popular," he added. "The clover has always been in fashion and you can see that many other luxury jewelry houses have their own interpretations of this wonderful shape such as Louis Vuitton and Chopard. "
It seems that Heidi may have to say auf Wiedersehen to the design!