A pair of Estate 18 karat gold and platinum earrings with white and yellow diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The earrings have 96 round-cut white diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10.50 carats, F/G color, VS clarity and 96 round-cut natural fancy vivid yellow diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10.50 carats. The diamonds range in size from ,07 carat to .15 carat. The earrings have been certified by the Gemological Institute of America, certificate # 2175461170 for the natural fancy vivid yellow diamonds.
A pair of French Late-20th Century platinum and 18 karat gold earrings with diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The earrings have 104 circular-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 17.00 carats, E/F color, VS clarity. The earrings are designed as dimensional domed clusters. With signed Van Cleef & Arpels gray silk pouch.
A pair of French Mid-20th Century earrings with diamonds and rubies by Van Cleef & Arpels. The earrings have 54 round cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10.00 carats, F/G color, VS clarity, and 54 round cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 10.00 carats. With signed Van Cleef & Arpels box.
A pair of Mid-20th Century platinum "Camélia" earrings with diamonds and blue sapphires by Van Cleef & Arpels. The camellia flower earrings set with 36 sapphires, approximate total weight of 3.60 carats, and 86 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.90 carats, F-G color, VVS-VS clarity. Made in France, sold at Van Cleef & Arpels, New York. These striking flower earrings with highly three dimensional shaping are a modern interpretation of the iconic Asian flower which had so captured the European imagination in the 20th century, According to Évelyne Possémé, head curator at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, "At the same time as the Indian influence, a rather more classical vein was still found in earrings such as the Camellia clips, leaves composed of bead and prong-set rubies (and sapphires) and diamonds," Earclips of the same design as these, with rubies and diamonds, are pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels: L''Art De La Haute Joaillerie, by Évelyne Possémé, Les Arts Decoratifs, 2013, page 187.The French love affair with the camellia was sparked around 1800, when Empress Josephine Bonaparte began cultivating them in her palace garden at Malmaison. The conspicuous, opulent flower was quickly adopted by French fashionistas as a corsage ornament signifying love. More than the Empress herself, however, the passionate aficionado of the camellia was the romanti
c and mysterious Parisian courtesan Marie Du Plessis. While still in her late teens, Du Plessis was widely regarded a woman of beauty, intelligence, and wit. Self educated in literature and philosophy, discreet and private by nature, "La Dame aux Camélias" inspired Alexandre Dumas fils, Franz Liszt, and sundry aristocrats to throw themselves at her feet, and she gathered one of the great intellectual salons of the day at her home in Paris. When she died at just 23 years old, her history was immediately altered by Dumas to fit the old narrative of the fallen woman who redeems herself through self-sacrificing love for a younger man. A recent biographer, delving into the facts of Du Plessis'' brief, exceptional life, demolished most of Dumas'' fictions, but apparently her obsession with the extravagant flower was all too real: an intriguing file of Du Plessis'' rediscovered papers includes "numerous eye-popping bills" from the luxury Parisian florist who satisfied her boundless passion for red and white camellias.
A pair of French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold and platinum earrings with diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The earrings have 32 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.10 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. The hoop earrings are composed of dimensional overlapping diamond-set and deeply-textured leaves.
A pair of French 18 karat gold hoop earrings with rubies and diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The hoop earrings have 2 square cut rubes with an approximate total weight of .80 carats, and 60 round cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.40 carats. With openwork and ribbing that mimics the shape of the sizably-cut rubies, and stones lining both the front and back faces of the hoops.
A pair of Estate coral, diamond and 18 karat gold earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels. The articulated earrings have 4 oval cabochon coral centers that are framed with 90 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 7.50 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. The suspended bottoms of the earrings are detachable. With Van Cleef & Arpels box.
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