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     A brand new royal piece, signed Van Cleef and Arpels, the Ruby and Diamond Ring is one of those classical beauties that manage to show status and provide security without falling into the sins of poor taste. The Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby and Diamond Ring has a magnificent 5.39 carats Burmese ruby on display as its center piece. The deep, intense red of the cushion-cut ruby is flanked by round, brilliant-cut white diamonds, which stand for the petals of the flower. The whole ensemble is mounted in 18 karat yellow gold and is marked with the French assay for gold.

     Van Cleef and Arpels was started by two eager business men who shook hands after a family contract had been signed. To be more precise, after Esther Arpels, Salomon Arpels’s daughter married Alfred Van Cleef, the two men decided to open a family business. And a good idea it was, since the initiative branded by their names in 1896 became a reality through their first opened boutique in 1906. The shop was opened in Paris, on Place Vendome 22, where all the famous jewellers had their shops.
Throughout time, Van Cleef & Arpels became famous and respected for many of their designs and innovations, as well as for their technical expertise, which truly revolutionized the setting of precious gemstones.

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     The brand has patented as their own fabulous discovery a way of setting precious gemstones without any apparent claws, or markers of the metal setting which holds the pieces in place. This revolutionary discovery has been worked on and improved constantly by the craftsmen at Van Cleef & Arpels, ever since it became their trademark. The great news about this technical achievement is that without the infringement of light caused by the metal works needed to hold the gemstones, light may disperse and circulate much better through the gems, thus making them much more brilliant.

     Besides the foliate-looking diamonds set in yellow gold, that look like petals, the Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby and Diamond Ring has also round, brilliant-cut white diamonds shoulders. The ring has been assessed by the SSEF, which stands for the Swiss Gemological Institute, and a report has been issued, confirming the Burmese origin of the ruby. The price of this unique item has been estimated somewhere around $ 40 000.

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