Van Cleef & Arpels - The Mystery Setting

Van Cleef & Arpels - The Mystery Setting
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The history of the mystery setting is just a tad longer than the history of Beverly Loan Company; While Beverly Loan was the first luxury pawn shop, Van Cleef & Arpels was the first to patent and implement the mystery setting.

Mystery settings, or invisible settings, offers the viewer an unobstructed view of the gemstones. With no visible prongs, or even of the metal underneath, the result is a stunning velvet wrap of color. The mystery setting is coveted by many jewelry lovers as a stunning and unique innovation that offered a new perspective on gemstone cutting and jewelry design. The technique was patented in 1933 by VCA, just 5 years before Beverly Loan opened, and remains an incredibly complex and difficult task suited only to master jewelers.

While the effect may look effortless, the process of selecting the right gemstones, creating the underlying metalwork, and cutting the gems precisely is very taxing. Van Cleef & Arpels say that one piece of jewelry with the mystery setting takes “no less than 300 hours of work”. Because of this complicated and time consuming process, only a few are made each year by the jewelry house. Jewelry experts like those at Beverly Loan know that this makes the pieces incredibly expensive.

The technique is often used with rubies, but emeralds and sapphires also have a beautiful look in this setting. Brooches, earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets and even cufflinks have been crafted using this method. Beverly Loan Company has seen all styles of VCA jewelry in their long history, not only the mystery-set but their other famous designs such as the Zipper Necklace, the Alhambra, and their unique and intricate watch complications.

Known for their expertise in fine jewelry, luxury watches, and unique rare items, Beverly Loan Company has not only the knowledge, but the means to purchase, sell, and offer loans on these unique items of jewelry. They ask that you bring not only the jewelry items, but any paperwork and boxes that originally came with the purchase. Please call 310-275-2555 to set up an appointment today.

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