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Van Cleef & Arpels Stepped Gold and Ruby Ring


This striking Art Moderne stepped gold ring by Van Cleef & Arpels Paris is channel-set with a vivid arc of square step-cut rubies. Talented jewelry designers were responding to the streamlined curves, escalating tiers and bold lines of the Machine Age movement, whose aesthetic permeated the contemporary Parisian art scene. This gleaming, polished gold, sculptural ring, by one of the great Parisian houses, remains ultra-modern even today.

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Item #: R-16646
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1930s
Size: 6 (this ring may be resized, please contact us for further information) 
Materials: 11 Square step-cut rubies (approximate total weight 1.32 carats); 18K Gold
Signed: "Van Cleef & Arpels 9773" (# partial), French control mark
Literature: Similar ring design pictured in Art Deco Jewelry, by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1985, p. 157

Leading haute joailliers like Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Boucheron Paris were well aware of the work of the secessionists art jewelers of the Union des Artistes Moderne, and occasionally joined their explorations of pure form and structure.