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 third of five installments covering Legend of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels we’ll show you Liseré Mystérieux ring, Lacis Mystérieux bracelet, Satin Mystérieux earrings, Passementerie Mystérieuse ring, and Draperie Mystérieuse clip.
See previous chapters
- IGI GemBlog: Legend Of Diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels, Chapter 1
- IGI GemBlog: Legend Of Diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels, Chapter 2
Creation #11: Lisere Mysterieux ring
Inspired by the graphic lines of the Maha ring revealed in 2019 in the Treasure of rubies collection, the Liseré Mystérieux ring features rows of emeralds and sapphires in reverse symmetry, along with a D Flawless Type IIa pear-cut diamond of 2.50 carats.
On each side of the ring’s body, a cluster of round diamonds highlights the colored gems, gracefully finishing this colorful ballet.
Creation #12: Lacis Mysterieux bracelet
Inspired by the twill fabrics of the 1950s, the Lacis Mystérieux bracelet is embellished with precious pink sapphire ribbons intertwined with rows of buff-topped rubies.
Shades of pink to fiery red give pride of place to a trio of diamonds, 3.88 carats, 1.17, and 1.19 carats. In the center of the bracelet, the perfect symmetry of the composition contrasts with the curvature of the soft pink bows, each tied in a different way.
Creation #13: Satin Mysterieux earrings
The 1.88, and 1.74 carat gems seem to simply be placed on each piece, with their contours standing out elegantly from the Mystery Set. Their sparkle is enhanced by their cut, whose facets reflect light brilliantly.
Creation #14: Passementerie Mysterieuse ring
The ring evokes a sense of movement with its gently fluttering end. A 5,23 carat emerald-cut diamond crowns the ring. This elegant cut highlights its remarkable purity and whiteness, which contrast with the colored stones.
The central diamond of the necklace can be attached to the center of a ruby composition and worn as a pendant
Creation #15: Draperie Mysterieuse clip
Inspired by the draped gowns designed by Madame Grès in the 1950s, this realistic clip imitates the elegant fall of fabric.
It incorporates two D Flawless Type IIa pear-cut diamonds of 1.26 and 1.09 carats, and one D IF Type IIa pear-cut diamond of 1.73 carats
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
See More IGI GemBlog Installments
- 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.