An important 18ct yellow gold, diamond, and Columbian emerald cocktail ring by the House of Van Cleef & Arpels from the 1970s. A 12ct octagonal step cut Columbian emerald takes centre stage catching the eye with the verdant green tones of the rainforest. Secured by four double corner claws this rare gemstone sits atop an angled double halo of two rows of colourless sparkling brilliants. Securely claw set these diamonds are further accentuated by wide tapering shoulders that showcase further brilliants. Entirely handcrafted from richly polished 18ct yellow gold in the New York workshops of the house this striking piece instantly conveys the style and glamour of the period. Founded by love through the marriage of Alfred Van Cleef & Estelle Arpels in 1896 the House of Van Cleef & Arpels has become famous all over the world for producing the very best designs that feature only the most breath taking gemstones. Nestled beneath the verdant rainforests that cover the country, the Columbian mines are famous for producing stones that have an intense pure green colour. Van Cleef & Arpels have a rich history of offering only the very best emeralds, which was cemented with the 1967 ballet “Jewels” that featured a movement entitled “Emeralds”. Choreographed by George Balanchine, who had a close relationship to the House this legendary ballet has been performed regularly ever since. Family owned from 1906-1999 this piece displays exceptional quality, and is a true statement jewel to wear and enjoy today.