Van Cleef & Arpels, The Invisible or Mystery Setting

Van Cleef & Arpels

The Invisible or Mystery Setting

VCA - Van Cleef & Arpels Art Deco Sapphire Diamond Invisibly Set Mystery Setting Ring
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Van Cleef & Arpels is a leading French jewelry firm founded in 1906 by Julien, Louis, and Charles Arpels and their brother-in-law Alfred van Cleef, all descendants of jewellers and diamond dealers. Its main shop is at 22 Place Vendôme, Paris, and it has branches in London, New York City, and fashionable resorts, catering for a clientele seeking jewelry of original design and high quality.

On 2 December 1933, Van Cleef & Arpels received the French Patent for a proprietary gem setting style that it called Serti Mysterieux, or "Mystery Setting". The Mystery Setting is a technique employing a setting where the prongs are invisible. Each stone is faceted onto gold rails less than two-tenths of a millimeter thick. The technique can require 300 hours of work per piece or more, and only a few are produced each year.

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The Adin team
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