|Van Cleef & Arpels is a French jewelry, watch, and perfume company. |
It was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his brother-in-law Salomon Arpels. Van Cleef & Arpels are known for their expertise in precious stones and for a gem-setting procedure known as the Mystery Setting. The Mystery Setting is a proprietary mounting technique for gems. There are no visible prongs; instead the individual stones are hand grooved to fit into a mesh of gold or platinum wire.
|This type of setting was perfected by Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1930s.|
|Since its inception, Van Cleef & Arpels has been synonymous with royalty, the famous and the affluent, providing the elite with exceptional and unique pieces of jewellery.|