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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Bagatelle Turquoise Bombe Suite in 18k Yellow Gold.
An important mid-century 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 Turquoise Bombe Suite consists of a pair of floral on-the-ear clips with a domed bombé cocktail ring and complimentary signature bracelet.
The Hawaii flower ear clips center a white diamond pistil with stem and extend into petals of sapphires with powder-blue turquoise cabochons. The bracelet and ring also feature a ‘couscous passementerie’ droplet design. However, the floral motif is less structural than it is decorative. Bombé forms of faceted indigo sapphires with white diamond seeds are intermittently painted throughout, offering surges of color within budding gold beads. That said, the look is similar to the decorative ‘petit point’, however, the design of the bracelet holds functional value as well. Each jeweled loop within the adornment is an individually thread on a pliable and spring-like gilded base. Together, the loops meticulously stack to create fluidity in movement.
The innovative aestheticism of the Pelouse combined with its pioneering techniques set the stage for many 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 suite is a significant addition to any high jewelry collection. We especially love the convergence of form with function along with its artful design – as if the Pointillism painting style was embodied in a suite of jewels.
Ear Clips measure approx. 1.3″ length by 1.2″ width; 0.33″ off ear. Ear clips are currently for non-pierced ears, however, posts can be added for pierced ears. Ring measures approx. 1″ in length by 0.75″ in width; 0.50″ off the finger – currently an approx. US Size 5; can resize. Bracelet measures approx. 0.75″ in width, height off wrist approx. 0.40″, with an inner circumference of approx. 6.5″. Photos show bombé bracelet on a 6″ wrist.
Made in France. Signed “Van Cleef & Arpels“, circa 1960s.