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Van Cleef & Arpels “Hawaii” Earrings


Dating from the 1950s, these Van Cleef & Arpels "Hawaii" clip-back earrings represent the spirit of joyful post-war rejuvenation and easy glamour. They belong to the brand's collection of bold, colorful jewelry made to complement the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women’s renewed social freedom. Precisely modeled to hug the ear, the domed gold half hoops with clip-backs are scattered with asymmetrical sapphire, ruby, and diamond blossoms. The little jeweled flowers are interspersed with playful gold buds, and serve as a reference to the plumeria flowers of Hawaii, which lends the collection its tropical name.

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Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1950s
Size: 0.75” length, 0.5” width
Materials: 12 Round-cut sapphires (approximate total weight 1.00 carats); 12 Round-cut rubies (approximate total weight 1.00 carat); 12 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.68 carats); 18K Gold
Signed: “Van Cleef & Arpels,” Made in France, numbered "24355," with French assay marks

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 have dense clusters of vivid blooms composed of perfectly formed petals, while, sprinkled among them, tight buds promise to unfold.