Van Cleef & Arpels was founded by Alfred Van Cleef and his father-in-law, Samuel Arpels, in Paris during the Art Deco era. Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry is known for its stunning designs and exquisite gemwork. One of their most famous designs is the “Mystery Setting,” patented in 1933, which was so delicately made that the prongs holding stones in place were nearly invisible. Creating a Mystery Setting can require up to 300 hours per piece, and only a few are produced each year. Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry has been worn by style icons including Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Princess Soraya Bakhtiari.