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Van Cleef & Arpels "Bagatelle" Ring


Dating from the 1950s, this chic Van Cleef & Arpels "Bagatelle" 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 at the time. The bombé form, topped with playful beads of gold, is scattered with richly-colored ruby, sapphire, and diamond "Hawaii" flowers. The ring’s volume is perfectly distributed and it sits balanced on the hand.

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Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels
Circa: 1950s
Size: 8 (this ring may be resized, please contact us for further information)
Materials: 6 Round-cut sapphires (approximate total weight 0.66 carat); 13 Round-cut rubies (approximate total weight 1.40 carats); 9 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.66 carat); 18K Gold
Signed: “NY 20940 Van Cleef & Arpels”

The name "Hawaii" is reference to the islands’ climate of eternal spring, and the motif derives from the native 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.