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Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby and Diamond "Camellia" Earrings


These Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond "Camellia" earrings evoke the spirit of the bright and beautiful flower, a spectacular blossom from Asia that possessed the European imagination from the late 18th century onward. Like their camellia-loving contemporary, Coco Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels designers were inspired by the luxurious flower, designing this classic line of stylized jewels that has been beloved since the 1950s. Beautifully modeled to hug close to the ear, and given a fresh design update in the 1980s, these sparkling flowers-to-wear enhance the eyes and face.

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Item #: ER-19550
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels
Circa: 1980s
Size: 1.125” diameter
Materials: 18 Oval-cut rubies (approximate total weight 7.00 carats); 56 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 4.00 carats); Platinum; 18K Gold
Signed: Van Cleef & Arpels with maker’s mark for VCA, "PT950," and "OR 750 ML3827"
Literature: Earrings of the same design, are pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels: L'Art De La Haute Joaillerie, by Évelyne Possémé, Les Arts Decoratifs, 2013, p. 187

The French love affair with the camellia blossom was sparked around 1800, when Empress Joséphine Bonaparte began cultivating them in her palace garden at Malmaison. The conspicuous, opulent flower was quickly adopted by French fashionistas as a corsage ornament, signifying love.