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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Bagatelle Bombe Ring Earring Suite in 18k Yellow Gold.
A notable retro-style suite from Van Cleef & Arpels converging two designs emblematic of the Maison: the domed voluminous forms of ‘Pelouse’ (in some books this look is also referred to as ‘Couscous Passementerie’) decorated with floral motifs stemming from the ‘Hawaii’ collections. This Van Cleef & Arpels Bagatelle Bombe Ring Earring Suite consists of a pair of domed bombé on-the-ear clips with a complimentary cocktail ring.
Bombé forms of faceted indigo sapphires and crimson rubies with white diamond seeds are intermittently painted throughout. This offers surges of color within the ‘couscous passementerie’ budding gold beads. The look is similar to the decorative ‘petit point’ in textiles and arguably resembles tapestry in jeweled form. The innovative aestheticism of the Pelouse combined with its pioneering techniques influenced other fine jewelers at the time. In addition, this distinctive Van Cleef & Arpels design is said to have been created in collaboration with Péry et Fils, whose successful creative partnerships include the “Zip” necklace and the “Passe-Partout” collections. As a result, the Bagatelle retro-style suite is a significant addition to any high jewelry collection. We love the convergence of form with decorative artful design – as if the Pointillism painting style was embodied in a jewel.
Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1980s.