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    The Ludo Hexagone bracelet

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    The iconic Ludo Hexagone bracelet first entered Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collections in 1935. Designed the 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”. The Ludo Hexagone design was mainly applied to bracelets and watches. It consists of an articulated ribbon of small hexagons, usually in yellow gold but sometimes in platinum.

    Its name is a reference to Louis Arpels, who was known to his friends as “Ludo”.

    Ludo Hexagone bracelet, 1939, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Ludo Hexagone bracelet, 1939, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

     

    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.

    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 Set™.

     


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