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Van Cleef & Arpels Paris Ludo Hexagone Ring


This rare and stylish gold and diamond “Ludo Hexagone” ring by Van Cleef & Arpels Paris dates from circa 1936. The highly stylized central buckle motif with a triple row of round-cut diamond accents is mounted on a flexible shank of hexagonal links, star-set with additional round-cut diamonds. This unusual ring, a version of one of the firm’s most beloved 1930s designs, is a sophisticated little treasure for the finger that is overloaded with presence and chic.

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Item #: R-20075
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1936
Size: 5.25; this ring cannot be sized 
Materials: 43 round-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.35 carats); 18K gold
Signed: “Van Cleef & Arpels" #47038 French assay mark
Documentation/Literature: A ring in a similar design is pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels, by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1986, page 186.

The ultra modern “Ludo-Hexagone” jewels included a select group of bracelets, necklaces and other jewels made in the 1930s that were celebrated for their flexibility and soft feel. The design was created under the leadership of artistic director Renée Van Cleef Puissant and her partner and co-director René Sim Lecaze. “Ludo”was the nickname of Louis Arpels, the youngest of the Arpels brothers, and a colleague beloved for his charm, humor and superb taste.