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Legend Of Diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels, Chapter 5

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.

Chapter #5:

In this final installment covering Legend of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels we’ll show you Collerette Mystérieuse Necklace, Chevron Mystérieux Necklace, Chevron Mystérieux Earrings, Lacis Mystérieux Ring and the Ornement Mystérieux Clip.

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Creation #21: Collerette Mysterieuse Necklace

Like a couture-inspired collar, this graphic necklace drapes lightly on the neck.

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Alternating rows of diamonds and Traditional Mystery Set rubies, it is edged with a line of pink sapphires and square-cut diamonds that evoke delicate lace.

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The 51.14 and 10.52 carat center diamonds and gouaché design of the Collerette Mystérieuse transformable necklace.

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Creation #22: Chevron Mysterieux Necklace

One of the key pieces in the collection, the Chevron Mystérieux necklace is inspired by 1950s fashion and the crossover collars that were popular on evening gowns at that time. Three majestic pear-cut diamonds of generous size drip from this colorful composition.

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31.24, 12.18, and 12.07 carat center diamonds and gouaché design of the Chevron Mystérieux transformable necklace

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Creation #23: Chevron Mysterieux Earrings

In keeping with the Maison’s tradition of transformable jewelry, the Chevron Mystérieux necklace offers six options for metamorphosis. For example, the central motif can be slipped onto a chain and the other two diamonds can be used to adorn earrings.

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Creation #24: Lacis Mystérieux ring

The graphic lines of the emerald-cut diamonds, of 2.36 and 1.54 carats, reveal all the purity and brilliance of the material.

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The piece is enhanced by a carefully openworked setting to let the light through

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Creation #25: Ornement Mysterieux clip

The rich history of the Maison’s ribbon clips is embodied in the Ornement Mystérieux clip’s design, which incorporates 21 D IF type IIa round diamonds, weighing 12.09 carats in total.

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The piece is rooted in this tradition, with lines based on historical creations such as 1928’s Noeud brooch or the Mystery Set jewels of the 1980s.

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Sibling Stones, Grouped by Design

67 polished diamonds
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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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Congratulations Van Cleef & Arpels. Stunning.

See full coverage: Legend Of Diamonds, 25 Mystery Set Jewels on the Van Cleef & Arpels website.

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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