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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Mystery Set™ Ruby Diamond Detachable Earrings in Platinum.
An important pair of Van Cleef & Arpels on-the-ear clips of prestigous provenance – formerly belonging to the estate of Barbara and Frank Sinatra. This rare duo features a briolette shape of calibré-cut rubies in the famous Mystery Set™ technique, suspending from iced wings of white diamond pavé. The ruby ‘angel eyes’ are emblematic to the gem setting – with a mosaic of color and light brilliantly uninterrupted by any semblance of metal in the bombé design. The saturation is further intensified against stark white diamonds, whose shape and subject hold their own after the pear-shaped drops detach. Sinatra fans would agree it is opportune for the Mrs. to have worn this elegant set of wings – which conjure number one hits such as “Come Fly With Me” and “Fly Me To The Moon”; an added bonus to an already paramount design by the Van Cleef & Arpels Maison.
Also known as ‘serti mysterieux’, the pioneering Mystery Set™ has been a trademark of the Maison since 1933. The proficiency and skillset required in fashioning the seamless work are known to be rare and time-intensive. Therefore, the Maison is said to create a limited amount of pieces per year – a practice Van Cleef & Arpels has implemented from inception to modern-day. This particular set of on-the-ear clips date from the 1960s and is the sum of over a half-century in mastering their proprietary technique.
Currently ear clips for non-pierced ears, however, posts can be added for pierced ears.
Numbered and Signed “Van Cleef & Arpels”; circa 1960s.