From Paris with Love Van Cleef & Arpels bumblebee

Van Cleef Arpels Gold Platinum Sapphire Bee brooch Yakymour

From Paris with Love: Van Cleef & Arpels ‘mystery setting’ bumblebee brooch 

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Mystery setting, also known as invisible setting, was originally created by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1933. An amazing technique crafted only by a skillful hand of paving precious stones without any visible claws, the gems themselves take the ‘center stage’ in the creation.

This superb quality bumblebee brooch, 25mm (1″) long x 40mm (1 9/16″) wide at wing spread that does not fall short of Van Cleef and Arpels quality set in the body and head with forty-nine natural blue sapphires with a total weight of 8.50ct. Gorgeous spread wings paved with the total of twenty-eight round brilliant diamonds totaling 1.10ct. The bumblebee is further enhanced with two cabochon ruby eyes, totaling 0.12ct. A precious masterpiece!

Van Cleef Arpels Gold Platinum Sapphire Ruby Bee Mystery Set brooch Yakymour

Van Cleef Arpels Gold Platinum Sapphire Ruby Bee Mystery Set brooch Yakymour

Van Cleef & Arpels ‘mystery setting’ bumblebee brooch made of 18k yellow gold, platinum, Sapphires, diamonds and rubies 

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  • Sapphires, 49 square shaped in mystery setting, totaling 8.50ct, dark blue color
  • Diamonds, 28 round brilliant diamonds, totaling 1.10ct, color: F-G, clarity: VS range
  • Rubies 2 cabochon rubies, totaling 0.12ct

The 1″ (25mm) long x 1 9/16″ (40mm) wide at wing spread brooch gross weight is 11.6 grams.

by Jean Amr