A sleek and stylish vintage bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels, dating back to the 1970’s, comprised with three rows of mystery set rubies surrounded by two rows of brilliant round cut diamonds, crafted in 18k yellow gold. Circa 1990s.
The ‘Mystery-Set’ technique was invented by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1933, which is a technique used for setting gemstones in a specific way so that no prongs are visible. The design is so intricate that producing a single clip takes approximately 300 hours. Each faceted stone is gently placed onto thin gold rails measuring less than two-tenths of a millimeter wide. When the technique is complete, the gems appear to be entirely free-standing. The process is so complex making Mystery Set pieces extremely rare.