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Van Cleef & Arpels Gold and Diamond 'Ludo' Ear Clips, Circa 1938
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Van Cleef & Arpels Gold and Diamond 'Ludo' Ear Clips, Circa 1938

$ 12,000.00 USD

Made for Van Cleef & Arpels by the famed workshop Péry et Fils, these delicate ear clips are an early example of Van Cleef's iconic 'Ludo' design. The name of this creation is said to have derived from Louis Arpels’ nickname – ‘Ludo’. The Ludo 'Hexagone' features an à ruche (beehive) pattern made up of a mosaic of hexagonal tiles or honeycomb design. Th first examples of this design appeared in the early 1930s and, like the current ear clips, a precious stone would be set at the center of each hexagon within a star setting. The design remained in production until the late 1940s and several examples can be found in the Van Cleef & Arpels heritage collection.

  • Diamonds weigh approximately 0.50 carat total
  • One ear clip signed Van Cleef & Arpels, with maker's mark for Péry et Fils
  • 18K yellow and 14K rose gold, with French assay marks
  • Gross weight approximately 11.27 grams
  • Length approximately 2.0cm, width approximately 13/16 inch

The historic jewelry workshop of Péry et Fils traces its roots back to 1875 and at the beginning of the 20th Century, established important collaborative relationships with many of the prestigious jewelry houses of the Place Vendôme including Boucheron, Chaumet, and Van Cleef & Arpels.  The archives showing that the first piece made for Van Cleef was a gold bracelet in 1925. In addition to 'Ludo' jewels, Péry et Fils were responsible for making the famous ‘passe-partout’ jewels, Zip necklaces and many of the La Boutique animal brooches for Van Cleef. Their pieces were owned by some of the world's most fashionable icons such as the Duchess of Windsor and Grace Kelly, as well as famed jewelry collectors like Doris Duke.

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