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     Van Cleef & Arpels have been the first French jewelry brand which opened up boutiques in Japan and China. Their first shop was opened in Paris, Place Vendome 22, as early as 1906. The founders, Alfred Van Cleef and Salomon Arpels started the business ten years earlier, in 1986, after Alfred Van Cleef had married the daughter of Salomon Arpels. The company was always in the possession of one of their descendents, until they were taken over by Richemont. Unlike many other family businesses that underwent the struggle for power and violent fights over its take-over from a generation to the other, Van Cleef and Arpels have always found a way to take the best decisions for the growth of their brand, instead of just taking into consideration their own personal egos.

     The Retro Aquamarine, Ruby and Gold Bracelet by Van Cleef and Arpels is made of 18 karat yellow gold and accommodates a lovely summer flower. The bracelet is interestingly designed with a flexible tubogas band, which makes it easy to adjust and wear. The charming flower that makes the center piece of the item is designed out of rare and precious gemstones and combines in an artful manner the light and transparency of the large aquamarine from the center with the precisely defined deep red rubies that stand for the pistils. Gold textured petals come to encompass the whole ensemble and round, brilliant cut diamonds delicately remind us of dew drops.

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     The Retro Aquamarine, Ruby and Gold Bracelet by Van Cleef and Arpels brings together the edged shapes of the rectangular cut aquamarine with the mellow roundness of the tubogas band and the round refinement of the rubies and diamonds. This combination of antithetic principles, together with the beautifully thought chromatic of the jewel makes the bracelet a one of a kind item, which stays within one’s memory from the very first moment it has met the eye. Balance is one characteristic encountered in the Retro Aquamarine, Ruby and Gold Bracelet by Van Cleef and Arpels. Its symmetrically disposed petals and pistils create beauty and equilibrium in the architecture of the design.

     The Retro Aquamarine, Ruby and Gold Bracelet by Van Cleef and Arpels is, for sure, no cheap thrill. It has been estimated, by one of the world’s most famous auction houses, at about $ 10 000. It is no surprise, since the 19.5 centimeters long piece of rare vintage jewel dates back to 1945. A priceless piece of timeless beauty and a token of history’s legacies.

Retro Aquamarine, Ruby and Gold Bracelet, 5.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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