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Wallis Simpson) of Windsor or Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, also commissioned Van Cleef & Arpels for jewelry, resulting in equally famous pieces, such as the sapphire Jarretière (garter) bracelet. Since then, the company’s most famous pieces have been retrospectively exhibited at major museums such as the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design in NYC, in 2011; and France’s Musée des Arts Decoratifs, in 2012.
Particularly, the invention consists in the parallel notching of a stone, so that it can slide between the small tracks of a setting. In this new inventive way, the setting becomes invisible on the surface of the stone, and far less obstructive in the back of the piece too, allowing light to enter for more stone brilliance.
Figures 2, 4 and 5 of the patent are included to show the tracks of the setting (3, 4) from various perspectives, and the notching of the precious stones, enabling them to slide between the tracks. A short Youtube video tutorial is also included to show the concealed setting of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.
(Windsor) Bracelet jarretière (Garter bracelet)http://www.vancleefarpels.com/us/en/la-maison/icons/Iconic-clients/the-duchess-of-windsor.html?55click=Highlight