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Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond 'Huggie' Earrings

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This extraordinary pair of Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond 'Huggie' Earrings, made in France in the 21th century, circa 2000s, feature dazzling diamonds within a striking geometric and graphic design. Crafted in 18K yellow gold, the symmetrical pair of demi-hoops are set with 54 round brilliant-cut diamonds with an estimated weight of 3.30 carats total of F-G color and VVS-VS clarity. The earrings are Signed VCA with French assay marks on both earrings and stamped with a serial number that will be provided to interested buyers. The earrings include the original Van Cleef & Arpels box. The overall weight of the pair is an estimated 17.24 grams. The original retail price was $27,000. The earrings display 54 round brilliant-cut diamonds set within diagonal grids that have a grandeur on the level of Byzantine quilting, defined by raised and crosshatched yellow gold lines. Here the natural beauty of the precious stones is featured in rhythmic repetition with the highly polished metal, so that both diamonds and gold are given almost equal importance compositionally. In the 1970s, the Maison embraced bold, vibrant jewelry in creations that could transition from day to evening. These earrings, although made in the Contemporary era, reflect those tastes for bold, full volumes. The earrings are made in the bombé style (French, meaning ‘bomb-shaped’ and named for the French dessert, bombe glacée or ice cream bomb) with diamond grids appearing to swell over a measured, domed swell. The overall shape of these demi hoops which hug the earlobe are known as huggie earrings. While typically smaller than a hoop which circles around the entire ear, huggie earrings are wider with greater surface area for sparkle. The reverse sides of the solid gold earrings reveal the beautifully rounded volumes that have been hollowed with circular cutouts added behind the stones, demonstrating the technical prowess and stone-setting savoir-faire of the Maison. These techniques not only remove excess metal from the jewelry making the piece lighter in weight and more comfortable for all-day wear, but also make the diamonds come alive. The cutouts allow light to be refracted and reflected through the stones from front to back to add brilliance and amplify the sparkle. Van Cleef & Arpels lavishes all its expertise on this remarkable stone, to produce dazzling diamond jewelry creations. Each ear clip measures approx. 0.8 x 0.5” (20.32 x 12.7 mm) with hinged omega backs. 54 diamonds weighing approx. 3.30 carats, estimated F-G colors, VVS-VS clarity. Overall weight approx. 17.24 grams, made in 18k yellow gold. Includes original box. Signed Van Cleef & Arpels with serial number and hallmarks, made in France; circa 2000s.
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