DescriptionSapphire, Diamond, Platinum, Gold Earrings, Van Cleef & Arpels
The earrings feature round-shaped sapphires weighing a total of approximately 6.00 carats, accented by European-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.20 carat, set in platinum and 18k gold, completed by omega backs, marked Van Cleef & Arpels, NY, reference number 15819. Gross weight 10.46 grams.
Dimensions: 7/8 inch x 5/8 inch
*Note: earrings are designed for non-pierced ears
Property from the Estate of Mrs. Walter Matthau
Designer: Van Cleef & Arpels
Diamond Average Color: G-H-I
Diamond Average Clarity: SI
Diamond Shapes: European-cut
Diamond Count: 1 - 25
Gem Type: Sapphire
Gem Average Clarity: Good
Gem Shape: Round-shaped
Gem Count: 26 - 50
Overall Condition: Very Good
Notes: These very wearable leaf earrings are designed specifically to fit the right and left ears. One diamond is chipped, and one diamond has been replaced with a full-cut stone. The diamond stem is the perfect contrast to the soft blue of the sapphires. Some of the sapphires are chipped or abraded. A post could easily be added by a skilled jeweler.
Van Cleef & Arpels: Parisian jeweler Alfred Van Cleef opened his salon in partnership with his brothers-in-law, Julien and Charles Arpels, in 1906. The company quickly earned a reputation for using only the highest quality colored gemstones. Their timeless designs employed elegant curves and clean fluid lines; capturing the essence of beauty in motion. Their success was immediate. In 1930, the firm patented the first minaudiere, a fancy purse-like compartmentalized lady’s vanity case. In 1933, Van Cleef and Arpels introduced "invisible setting", or “mystery setting”. This innovative technique took the market by storm. It created the illusion of floating gems, each being fastened by wires from the underside of the piece. It was popular throughout the 1930s and 1940s before reappearing in the 1990s. The company is continues to be family run, managing locations across the globe.
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