Van Cleef & Arpels

A Double Headed Swan Ring in Black Onyx with Diamonds and Emeralds

A whimsical double headed swan ring by Van Cleef & Arpels c.1970s, the bypass style ring in 18ct yellow gold designed as two matching swans heads crossing over each other and facing opposite directions, formed of carved and fluted black onyx, the necks embellished with a diamond and emerald collar, the beaks with pavé set diamonds and the eyes highlighted with round emeralds, the heads tapering down into a plain gold D-shape band.

Further Details

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold signed VCA, numbered and with French assay marks
Weight description10 grams
DimensionsUK finger size K, US size 5.25
Head 15.4mm wide and band 3.7mm wide
Gemstones32 x round brilliant diamonds weighing 0.82cts (enrgaved to inside of ring)
12 x round emeralds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 0.3cts
4 x pieces of carved and polished black onyx

Directors Notes

This charming ring was part of VCA’s ‘la boutique’ offering, a concept which they had launched in 1954 which aimed to sell fine jewellery to a younger clientele. Amongst these pieces were a range of charming animal jewels which proved hugely popular with many clients and became highly collectible.


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Van Cleef & Arpels

On June 16th 1906 Van Cleef & Arpels opened the doors to their first boutique at number 22, Place Vendôme. Next door to Lalique, opposite the Ritz and a stones throw from Boucheron, this would prove to be the first of many boutiques that the highly successful Maison would open around the world during the 20th Century.

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