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Legend Of Diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels, Chapter 2

Van Cleef & Arpels combined an exceptional rough diamond with state of the art planning and inspiring jewelry design to create 25 stunning mystery set pieces, all with diamonds cut from the same rough stone.

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In this second of five installments covering Legend of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels we’ll show you Volutes Mystérieuses earrings, Corolle Mystérieuse earrings, Tissage Mystérieux ring, Volutes Mystérieuses necklace and Duo Mystérieux

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The Lesotho Legend

At a weight of 910 carats, the Lesotho Legend was the fifth largest rough diamond ever mined. It also ranked among the highest quality crystals ever recovered, with prestigious Type IIa chemical composition and D color. Meticulous analysis of the rough crystal with modern technology and experienced advice from a master diamond cutter culminated in the ‘birth’ of 67 polished diamonds.

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Sibling Stones, Grouped by Design

67 polished diamonds
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Creation #6: Volutes Mysterieuses earrings

Highlighting meticulous setting work, a pair of Volutes Mystérieuses earrings are adorned with two oval diamonds of 15.52 and 15.50 carats that form a harmoniously-sized and proportioned ensemble.

Volutes Mysterieuses earrings
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

The Traditional Mystery Set rubies give the earrings a velvety appearance, crossed in places by lines of rose gold and contrasting dramatically with the snow-set diamond choker. A subtle play of layers accents the piece’s contours, a real challenge for the Maison Mains d’Or who had to adapt the Mystery Set to the creation’s convex shapes. Theediamonds can be detached and added to the ribbons on the matching necklace.

Volutes Mysterieuses earrings
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

Creation #7: Corolle Mysterieuse earrings

Echoing the graphic lines of the Disques earrings crafted by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1935, the Corolle Mystérieuse earrings feature a swirl of Traditional Mystery Set rubies encircling a pair of 1.60 and 1.59 carat oval diamonds.

Corolle Mysterieuse earrings
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

Creation #8: Tissage Mysterieux ring

A pear-cut diamond weighing 7.16 carats seems delicately placed at an angle on the creation and emphasizes the asymmetry of the piece, which is characteristic of the Maison’s style.

Tissage Mysterieux ring
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

Creation #9: Volutes Mysterieuses necklace

The multi-dimensional Volutes Mystérieuses necklace expresses the timeless elegance of the motifs from the world of couture that Van Cleef & Arpels has consistently interpreted throughout its history.

Volutes Mysterieuses necklace
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

The central diamond is an oval-cut D-FL Type IIa diamond of 30.61 carats

Volutes Mysterieuses necklace
Image credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

The central diamond of the necklace can be attached to the center of a ruby composition and worn as a pendant

Pendant
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Creation #10: Duo Mysterieux

On the Duo Mystérieux Between the Finger™ ring, two 2.10 carat diamonds echo each other in a joyful tête-à-tête on the hand.

Duo Mysterieux
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

Ribbons of buff-topped Mystery Set rubies and pink sapphires seem to spring from the diamonds, flowing smoothly over the fingers.

Duo Mysterieux
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels

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