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Van Cleef & Arpels Paris Diamond Abstract Snake Crossover Ring


Dating from the 1960s, this Van Cleef & Arpels Paris crossover ring is composed of 18K gold, platinum and diamonds. The crossover form is designed as twin abstract snake heads pavé-set with diamonds mounted in platinum, completed by fused bands of 18K gold forming the snakes’ intertwined bodies. This French ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, a cosummate modernist house, conveys a contemporary elegance while referencing timeless classical design. 

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Item #: R-20437
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1960-1970
Size:  5; (this ring can be sized; please contact the gallery for further information)
Materials: 14 round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.95 carat); 18K gold; Platinum
Signed: VCA, 750, 67, 107270, French guarantee stamp

This modern ring combines two enduringly popular forms, the bypass ring, and the snake motif. The snake, a symbol of love and wisdom, has been a popular motif for bracelets, rings and necklaces since Ancient Greece and Rome. It is among the few Roman designs that spread in popularity throughout the lands the Romans conquered, with the snake achieving a dominant role in the jewelry of Egypt under Roman domination. Since Victorian times, the bypass ring has represented the union of two souls who, at the same time, retain their individuality.