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Historic pieces: Van Cleef & Arpels Ludo Hexagone Bracelet

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The iconic Ludo Hexagone bracelet first entered Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collections in 1935.

It consists of an articulated ribbon of small hexagons, usually in yellow gold but sometimes in platinum.

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Ludo Hexagone bracelet, 1939, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

Designed that same year, it was an immediate success and remained in production until around 1950. Its name is a reference to Louis Arpels, who was known to his friends as “Ludo”.

Depending on the model, the hexagons may have a diamond, ruby, sapphire, or emerald at their center, in a star setting. The clasp is made up of a stylized buckle motif, encrusted with gems, and the Ludo set was completed with earclips and a ring of the same design.

During its fifteen year lifetime, the Ludo Hexagone was produced in a multitude of versions. Among the examples preserved in the Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collections are a dazzling platinum model with brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds and this yellow gold bracelet with rubies, whose buckle motif features rubies in Mystery Setting™.

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Ludo Hexagone bracelet retail card, 1937, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Archives
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Ludo Hexagone bracelet, 1937, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Archives
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Ludo Hexagone drawing, circa 1937, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Archives

 

Material courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

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