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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 Mystérieuses earrings
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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 Mystérieuses earrings
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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 Mystérieuse earrings
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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 Mystérieux ring
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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 Mystérieuses necklace
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The central diamond is an oval-cut D-FL Type IIa diamond of 30.61 carats

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

Duo Mystérieux
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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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