Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Oh, patents! Van Cleef & Arpels – Ring between fingers™

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Nearly all of the Van Cleef & Arpels contemporary collections of jewelry include a Ring between fingers™. This is a ring with a 90-degree opening where both ends of the ring are ornamentally designed with stone settings, or other transformative designs.

For example, the Perlée™ collection of the Ring between fingers™ includes a stone setting on one side of the opening, and a diamond-paved setting on the other side. The Magic Alhambra® Ring between fingers™ collection includes a clover design on each side, made of a variety of stones. The Cosmos™ Ring between fingers includes two flowers with three diamond-studded,  heart-shaped petals, on each side of the opening.

Magic Alhambra®
Alternatively, the Lotus Flower version of the Ring between fingers contains a swivel mechanism, so that the ornamental lotus flower design can swivel together to form a single ring, or fold back into a Ring between fingers™, covering two or three fingers. (See video below).

Thus, while the Ring between fingers slips on a single finger, the stones, or other ornaments on each side of the ring opening, are positioned between fingers, as if they were “floating”, which results in an illusion of two rings, or even three rings if there are two ornaments mounted on a single side, or if one ornament spreads out, such as for the tail feathers of a bird of paradise.

All these varying aspects of the Ring between fingers™ were, in fact, disclosed, as an invention, in the French utility patent FR2190389, titled Bague à deux chatons (Ring with two settings), granted in 1974. Interestingly, the patent includes the envisionment of many variations in the ornamental aspects of the design, and especially at the two ends of the open ring. Such creative variations have indeed played out exactly as envisioned, in the many embodiments of the ring through time, in the spectacular collections of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.   

Two Butterfly Collection
Figure 1, extracted from this French patent, is included with several embodiments of the ring with two settings, trademarked as Ring between fingers™, in the Perlée, Cosmos, Magic Alhambra®, and two Butterfly Collections of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.  

The video below shows the transformation of the Ring between fingers™ in the Lotus Collection of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. 

Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef and Arpels -  Ring between fingers™ collections

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