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Legend Of Diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels, Chapter 1

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

Chapter #1:

In this first of five installments covering Legend of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels we’ll show you Chemin Mystérieux, Couture Mystérieuse, Écho Mystérieux ring, Ganse Mystérieuse and Écho Mystérieux earrings.

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.

Sibling Stones, Grouped by Design

67 polished diamonds
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Creation #1: Chemin Mysterieux

The bangle is punctuated by six round diamonds, which are triple EX. Three round D-FL Type IIa diamonds for 4.81 carats, 3 round D-IF Type IIa diamonds for 2.77 carats

Chemin Mystérieux bracelet
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Creation #2: Couture Mysterieuse

Like a freshly tied ribbon on the Couture Mystérieuse ring, swirls of Traditional Mystery Set rubies seem to spring from an oval diamond of more than 18 carats, held in place by a three-pronged bezel. The ring’s airy structure allows the gem’s purity and whiteness to be admired from every angle.

Couture Mystérieuse
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Oval-cut D-FL Type IIa diamond of 18.32 carats, square-cut rubies for the Mystery Set

Couture Mystérieuse
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Creation #3: Echo Mysterieux Ring

With an offset placement between two fingers, the central diamond peaks at the top of a Mystery Set ribbon whose asymmetrical movement dresses the hand with a modern touch.

Écho Mystérieux
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D-FL Type IIa cushion-cut diamond of 25.06 carats

Écho Mystérieux
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Creation #4: Ganse Mysterieuse

A D-FL Type IIa diamond of 7.73 carats adorns the Ganse Mystérieuse ring with its lavish proportions.

Ganse Mystérieuse
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On this multi-dimensional creation reminiscent of a belt buckle, the emerald-cut stone is mounted in a raised setting, topping a ring body that is in buff-topped Mystery Set rubies and pink sapphires.

Ganse Mystérieuse
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Creation #5: Echo Mysterieux Earrings

Two D-FL Type IIa cushion-cut diamonds of 12.65 and 12.61 carats

Écho Mystérieux
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The earrings match without being identical, with the colors reversing from one piece to the other. They give rise to delicate transformations thanks to their detachable pendant.

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John Pollard

John Pollard is Senior Director of Education for IGI, overseeing and expanding the institute’s traditional educational offerings and diploma programs, instructed at 14 schools of gemology around the world, along with customized eLearning courses, tutorials, seminars, and webinars for IGI clients across all sectors, including leading luxury brands.

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