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Van Cleef & Arpels Colored Gem-Set Ribbon Brooch


This high-volume swirling ribbon brooch of delicate wirework from Van Cleef & Arpels Paris is set with beautifully matched diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, the quartet of noble stones in a sweeping and boisterous display of color. A rainbow composition with airy lightness, this dazzling brooch radiates the carefree spirit of the 1960s.

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Item #: YBO-18379
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1964
Size: 2” length, 2” width
Materials: 56 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 7.75 carats); 30 Circular-cut rubies (approximate total weight 3.10 carats); 24 Circular-cut emeralds (approximate total weight 2.25 carats); 9 Circular-cut blue sapphires (approximate total weight 0.85 carat); 18K Gold
Signed: “Van Cleef & Arpels,” “Made in France,” numbered “34918,” and dated 1964

In the 1950s and 1960s, Van Cleef & Arpels designers filled their sketchbooks with jewels inspired by textiles—swirls of lace, ruffles, and, as here, ribbons of twisted gold thread.