mysterysetting

I managed to kill both my laptop and my pc within about a week of each other. Waiting for parts to come in and not working has made this the most boring time ever. When you can’t do something is always when you want to do it the most right?
Cheering myself up with one of the Van Cleef & Arpels pieces that were on exhibit in Shanghai in 2012. The Silk Road Dancer combines the ballerina-inspired jewels with an homage to the Chinese dance drama: Along the Silk Road. The piece prominently features rubies set in the Mystery Setting technique, which was patented by the company in 1933, along with diamond accents.

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The 1930s – a period of intense ingenuity for Van Cleef & Arpels. The patent for the #MysterySetting was registered in 1933: a revolutionary technique which consists in hiding the metal to give pride of place to the colored stones.
Chrysanthemum clip, 1937, platinum, yellow gold, rubies, diamonds. #HighJewelry #ArtOfClip #JewelleryThroughTimeBlog #blog #blogger #HighJewelleryBlog

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Van Cleef & Arpels is giving pride of place to the Heritage collection during @MasterpieceLondon Fair
The 1937 Ludo Hexagone bracelet - yellow gold, diamonds and rubies - highlights the #MysterySetting technique. Patented by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1933, this innovative technique makes it possible to create a surface of precious stones with no visible setting. #MPL2015 #MasterpieceWeek

Ancolie Précieuse ring, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

White gold, round and pear-shaped diamonds, calibrated rubies and one cushion-cut D IF type 2A diamond of 9.03 carats.

The Ancolie Précieuse ring from the new High Jewelry collection Pierres de Caractère Variations showcases a D IF type 2A diamond of 9.03 carats, that is remarkable for its old cut but also for its extraordinary vivacity and brilliance. In a setting of rare refinement, it seems to rest delicately on petals of diamonds and rubies.

Pivoine Mystérieuse necklace, Palais de la chance™ collection

White gold, diamonds, red gold, Mystery Set™ rubies

The Pivoine Mystérieuse necklace from the Palais de la chance collection™  - revealed at the TEFAF Maastricht in March 2014 - adorns the neckline with a garland of leaves in delicate openwork, set with round and baguette-cut diamonds and features a spectacular pivoine detachable clip with Mystery Set™ rubies and diamonds. This masterpiece has required more than 6,000 hours of work from the Mains d'Or™, the master jewelers of Place Vendôme workshops.

Gouache drawing of the Ancolie Précieuse ring, Pierres de Caractère Variations collection

White gold, round and pear-shaped diamonds, calibrated rubies and one cushion-cut D IF type 2A diamond of 9.03 carats.

The Ancolie Précieuse ring evokes the finely serrated corolla of a columbine in full bloom. This elegant flower with its slender stem showcases the spirit of Nature so dear to Van Cleef & Arpels and is the latest addition to the “Maison’s garden”, which expands from collection to collection.

Trèfles Mysterieux earrings, Palais de la chance collection

Mystery Set emeralds and marquise-cut diamonds.

The Trèfles Mystérieux earrings from the Palais de la chance collection offers an interpretation of a universal good-luck symbol: the four-leaf clover motif. This lucky plant is adorned with Mystery Set emeralds whose green color embodies hope and springtime. 

Pivoine Mystérieux clip, Palais de la chance collection

White gold, pink gold, diamonds, red gold, Mystery Set rubies

The Pivoine Mystérieux clip from the Palais de la chance collection pays homage to a spectacular peony flower adorned with Mystery Set rubies. Patented technique by Van Cleef & Arpels since 1933, Mystery Setting™ has become a signature of the Maison. The openwork diamond leaves add to the magic of this unique creation. 

Trèfles Mystérieux necklace, Palais de la chance collection

White gold, diamonds, red gold, Mystery Set emeralds

With the Trèfles Mystérieux necklace from the Palais de la chance collection, the Maison gives a floral interpretation of a lucky symbol, the four-leaf clover. The clovers motifs are adorned with Mystery Set emeralds and four marquise diamond-cut that highlight the magical apperance of this creation.

Craftsmanship - Mystery Setting™ by Van Cleef & Arpels

The cutter chooses where each stone must be placed and begins his patient, extraordinarily calibrated work—a job where the eye plays an important part, where the hand develops almost supernatural skill and intelligence. The cutter works from between ninety minutes and two hours on each gem: this is the minimum time required to carry out all operations properly, since no margin of error is possible.

“In Praise of Hands” by Franco Cologni

Houx Mystérieux, Palais de la chance collection

Platinum, diamonds, red spinel beads, red gold, Mystery Set emeralds, yellow gold and yellow diamonds.

The Houx Mystérieux clip from the Palais de la chance collection represents the holly plant, symbol of immorality. Van Cleef & Arpels draws inspiration from the colorful hardiness of this shrub to create en enchanting radiant clip.

-Zodiac Set Virgo Clip, Palais de la chance collection-

White gold, round, baguette-cut and rose-cut diamonds, round and oval sapphires, Mystery Set sapphires.

The Zodiac Set Virgo clip from the Palais de la chance collection depicts a feminine creature emerging from a river of Mystery Set sapphires.Virgo, an Earth sign, is associated with the harvest, work, manual dexterity and attention to detail.

The ladipary Mystery Setting™ ruby technique by Van Cleef & Arpels

The Ancolie Précieuse ring features a Mystery Set rubies.

The technique of Mystery Setting is an outstanding innovation initiated by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1933. It is a unique skill mastered only by the Maison’s Mains d'Or™ after many years of training. This innovation fulfills the desire of setting stones in such a way that no prongs are visible, so that the precious stones – rubies, sapphires or emeralds – are displayed in all their glory.