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Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby and Diamond "Cosmos" Earrings


A beloved design which dates to the 1950s, these Van Cleef & Arpels “Cosmos” flower clipback earrings feature both diamonds and rubies. Each of the flowers' four heart-shaped petals is pave-set with variously-sized diamond melee, conveying a textural naturalism along with the sweet spirit of this simple, fragile flower that grows worldwide. Drawing the eye with rich red ruby centers, these classic diamond flowers reflect sparkling radiance around the face.

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Item #: ER-19990 
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels 
Circa: 1980s-1990s 
Size: 0.75” length, 0.75” width 
Materials: 94 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 2.20 carats); 2 Round-cut rubies (approximate total weight 0.10 carat); 18K Gold 
Signed: "Van Cleef Arpels," numbered "M37176" with "750" and "VCA"

A truly superior aspect of Van Cleef & Arpels’ work is their mastery of the goldsmith’s art colloquially called “a-jouring.” A-jouring, deriving from the French for "opening to the day," refers to the jeweler’s technique of maximally minimizing the precious metal settings of gems, while polishing every part of the remaining metal surface area, in order to open the gems fully to the gorgeous effects of light.