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John Rubel Ruby, Diamond, Turquoise Clip Brooch and Earrings Suite

An American mid-20th century 18 karat Retro gold brooch and earrings suite with rubies, diamonds and turquoise by John Rubel. The brooch is an openwork bloom comprised of large gold loops studded with accenting rubies that expertly play with the negative space. Three raised clusters of turquoise and ruby, each centering on a diamond, make up the center of the bloom, while matching clusters make up the earrings. The brooch has 88 round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 5.85 carats, 3 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .95 carat, and 69 cabochon turquoise. The earrings have 10 round rubies that have the approximate total weight of 1.60 carats and 5 round diamonds with the approximate total weight of .60 carat. With original box. The Retro jewelry period took place directly before and during World War II. As a reaction to the dire world conflict, jewelry became bolder, brighter, and more light-hearted. Unlike the Art Deco style, Retro jewelry has soft curves and feminine motifs, set off against the severe silhouettes of women''s war-time wardrobes. Gold regained popularity, as platinum was essential to the war effort and scarcely available for commercial use. Different colors of gold, such as yellow, rose, and green, were used in striking combinations. Popular gemstones including non-traditional stones, such as turquoise, were suddenly in vogu ... e, and were used widely, as they are beautifully employed in this suite. Patriotic themes were also popular, and blue stones and rubies were often paired together with diamonds and open work to convey a message of patriotism. Three-dimensional sculptural ribbons, bows, and folds made out of metal were common, as they conveyed a sense of victory and celebration that all were hoping for.

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John Rubel Ruby, Diamond, Turquoise Clip Brooch and Earrings Suite

Van Cleef & Arpels Bagatelle Ring

A Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold, sapphire, ruby and diamond "Bagatelle" ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, New York. The bombé form features a ruby, sapphire and diamond "Hawaii" floral motif: 6 round-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of .66 carat, 13 round-cut rubies of approximately 1.40 carats, and 9 round-cut diamonds of approximately 1.15 carats. Dating from the 1950s, this chic ring represents the spirit of post-war rejuvenation and easy glamour. Sometimes worn two to a hand, these bold, domed rings expressed the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women''s renewed social freedom. The bombé form, topped with playful beads, is scattered with richly colored, gemmy flowers, combining organic appeal with a sculptural quality. The ring''s volume is perfectly distributed and sits balanced on the hand. Representing the spirit of joyful post-war rejuvenation and easy glamor, this stylish suite, dating from the 1950s, comprises domed earclips and a bombé-form ring. The jewels belong to a chic and original VCA collection of bold, colorful designs which exemplified the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women''s renewed social freedom. The domed, voluminous forms, scattered with gemmy blossoms, have an organic appeal characterized by the pleasing asymmetry of nature. The little jeweled flowers, interspersed with playful gold buds, lent the design its name, "Hawaii ... ". A reference to the islands'' climate of eternal spring, the motif derives from the plumeria flower. Like these sensational jewels, plumeria forms dense clusters of vivid blooms composed of perfectly formed petals, while, sprinkled among them, tight buds promise to unfold.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Bagatelle Ring

Victorian Amethyst Parure

An English Victorian 18 karat gold and amethyst parure of a rivière necklace and drop earrings. The rivière features 20 deeply-colored oval amethysts on a horizontal orientation set into delicate pie-crust collets that have an approximate total weight of 220 carats. The suite also includes a pair of drop earrings with two beautifully-colored pear-cut amethysts and two circular-cut amethysts that have the approximate total weight of 8.50 carats. With fitted box.

Victorian Amethyst Parure

Van Cleef and Arpels Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

A pair of French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold ear clips by Van Cleef and Arpels with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. The 12 round-cut diamonds have the approximate total weight of 1.68 carats and the approximate total weight of the 24 round sapphires and rubies is 2.00 carats. Dating from the 1950s, these stylish earclips represent the spirit of joyful post-war rejuvenation and easy glamour. They belong to a chic and original VCA collection of bold, colorful jewelry, informally named "couscous", which exemplified the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women''s renewed social freedom. The domed, voluminous forms, topped with playful beads, center richly colored, gemmy blossoms, combining organic appeal with a sculptural quality. The ear clips are precisely modeled to hug the ear close to the face. Representing the spirit of joyful post-war rejuvenation and easy glamor, this stylish suite, dating from the 1950s, comprises domed earclips and a bombé-form ring. The jewels belong to a chic and original VCA collection of bold, colorful designs which exemplified the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women''s renewed social freedom. The domed, voluminous forms, scattered with gemmy blossoms, have an organic appeal characterized by the pleasing asymmetry of nature. The little jeweled flowers, interspersed with playful gold buds, lent the design its name, "Hawaii". A ref ... erence to the islands'' climate of eternal spring, the motif derives from the plumeria flower. Like these sensational jewels, plumeria forms dense clusters of vivid blooms composed of perfectly formed petals, while, sprinkled among them, tight buds promise to unfold.

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Van Cleef and Arpels Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings