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Behind the Legendary Stones of Van Cleef & Arpels

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The story of the Legend of Diamonds—25 Mystery Set Jewels, the newest high jewelry collection from Van Cleef & Arpels—began in 2018 with a rough diamond called the Lesotho Legend.

The exceptional stone, the fifth largest rough diamond ever mined, inspired the brand to create a collection that told the stories of incredible diamonds and gemstones.


Working with a leading diamond cutter, Van Cleef & Arpels meticulously planned the cutting and faceting of each stone.

For nearly a year, gemologists studied the combinations, using innovative technology to perfect the technique. It took approximately four years and over 30,000 hours to develop the finished collection.


At the Van Cleef & Arpels Place Vendôme Workshops, expert artisans—or “Mains d’Or” (“Hands of Gold”)—worked tirelessly on each detail, carrying on the brand’s tradition of excellence.

Lightness and movement are a cornerstone of the collection, which brings together a brilliant color contrast in rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Curved lines prevail in pieces evoking draping ribbons and dimensional bows.

Each of the gems in the collection is combined with the Mystery Set, one of the jeweler’s most complex signature techniques, patented in 1933.

The process—known only to a few lapidaries and jewelry artisans—involves the reverse of traditional settings, with the stone fitted to the metal.

Atours Mystérieux transformable necklace. © Van Cleef & Arpels SA – 2022 by Marc de Groot

One of the boldest and most dramatic pieces, the Atours Mystérieux necklace shows off an impressive 79.35-carat oval-cut diamond, the collection’s heaviest gem.

Double Ruban Mystérieux clip. Passementerie Mystérieuse ring. Left: © Van Cleef & Arpels 2022. Right: © Van Cleef & Arpels SA – 2022 by Marc de Groot
Order the Magnifissance print edition to read the full story.

This story is from Magnifissance Issue 114

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