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.
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
See previous chapters
- IGI GemBlog: Legend Of Diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels, Chapter 1
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The central diamond is an oval-cut D-FL Type IIa diamond of 30.61 carats
The central diamond of the necklace can be attached to the center of a ruby composition and worn as a pendant
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.
Ribbons of buff-topped Mystery Set rubies and pink sapphires seem to spring from the diamonds, flowing smoothly over the fingers.
See More IGI GemBlog Installments
- IGI GemBlog: Legend Of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels, Chapter 3
- IGI GemBlog: Legend Of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels, Chapter 4
- IGI GemBlog: Legend Of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels, Chapter 5
Full coverage: Legend Of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels on the Van Cleef & Arpels website.