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     The Mystery Set Sapphires and Diamonds Clip, by Van Cleef & Arpels are the perfect example of supreme jewelry craftsmanship and devotion to perfecting technical skills. The superb combination of diamonds and deep, intense blue sapphires is breath-taking. The 18 karats white gold setting goes with the shimmering diamonds that have been cut in round, brilliant shapes and baguettes. The unique and extraordinaire detail which makes the clip a clear Van Cleef & Arpels signature jewel is the Mystery Setting. A trait that creates the ethereal and sublime unity of shape, color and texture so much sought after by all jewelers.

     Van Cleef & Arpels have been around for some time now. The brand started out in the late 1800’s when the marriage of Esther Arpels with Alfred Van Cleef lead to a ventured family business initiated by the husband and father of the lady. In 1906 Place Vendome 22 was already hosting one of their luxury boutiques, together with most of all the other famous names of the time, in the jewelry industry. Later years have been as lucrative as the first, Van Cleef & Arpels being the first French company to open up shops in Japan and china. When they later moved to the United States of America, they opened a new boutique on New York’s illustrious 5 th Avenue. Business was good, and until 1999, when they were taken over by Richemont, the creative minds at Van Cleef and Arpels had always been under the qualified eye of a direct family descendent.

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     Pieces like the Mystery Set Sapphires and Diamonds Clip, by Van Cleef & Arpels have been presented to royalties, maharajahs, princes and aristocrats for a very long time. This is why the brand is one of the most well publicized ones among blue blooded members of society. And it is not only royalties from English or French speaking countries that have benefited from their wonderful works, but rulers and aristocrats leading empires all over the world. One more proof, if needed, that beauty and dedication towards perfection speak to all languages or nationalities, regardless of ethnic differences.

     The Mystery Set Sapphires and Diamonds Clip, by Van Cleef & Arpels is created on a simple and clean chromatic line, a combination of intense, deep blue meets the silvery white of the white gold and the fiery brilliance of white diamonds. The truly spectacular element of this jewel is the Mystery Setting, which makes all the sapphires look like a compact lot, unified by their perfect textured structure and cut, but seemingly held in place by a kind of magic. There is no claw, or trace, whatsoever of a metal that is meant to keep the delicate gemstones in place. Their aspect is untarnished and undivided by metal fangs. They make up a solid block of pure blue spectacular shines.

Mystery Set Sapphires and Diamonds Clip, 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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