Vintage 18k Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond & Ruby Pendant
1960's Van Cleef & Arpels
16 Top Quality Diamonds approximately .5ct total
1 Cabachon Ruby (some feathers can be seen on the surface with a 10 x loupe)
18k Yellow Gold
Signed on Reverse
About Van Cleef & Arpels:
Van Cleef & Arpels has always been inspired by the unique creative energy of love, for it was love which brought the Maison into being.
Towards the end of the 19th century, a young girl named Estelle Arpels – the daughter of a dealer in precious stones – met a boy named Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a stone-cutter. It was the beginning of a love story like no other, a great adventure beyond expectation.
In 1895, they were married. They had much in common: youthful enthusiasm, a pioneering spirit, an ethic of family solidarity, and a passion for precious stones.
In 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels was among the first jewelers to settle in Place Vendôme, a square designed by Mansart in the 18th century. On June 16, the original boutique was inaugurated at 22 place Vendôme in an exceptional location: directly opposite the Ritz. The sumptuous Hôtel Ritz had opened in 1896 and attracted Russian and European aristocrats, along with American magnates of business and industry. Place Vendôme became a symbol of Parisian luxury and the new benchmark for international elegance.