WOW a rare pair of huge catwalk vintage Chanel earrings! Stunning earrings set with huge Gripoix pearls interwoven soft black leather detailing in a detailed and ornate rich gold plated setting. Signed on the reverse and in great vintage condition and a whopping 4.5cm approx!You will certainly get noticed in these fabulous statement earrings by the wonderful couture designer Coco Chanel Great for the party season wear classic Chanel. Please examine all photos VERY CAREFULLY as these are an integral part of the description and the final sale as there is a. Please feel free to ask any questions before purchasing and to view my other antique and vintage collectables. Let's time travel back to the 1920s when the very first pieces of Chanel costume jewellery came to fruition. Gabrielle Chanel collaborated with jewellers and costume jewellery makers to bring about the best of both worlds into her creations.
Always one to mix things up, she loved to combine real with faux, wearing precious stones with costume jewellery. Costume jewellery isn't made to provoke desire, just astonishment at most. It must remain an ornament and an amusement, Gabrielle Chanel would say.
Since then, jewellery became the complement to a silhouette, a signature accessory that to this day remains essential to the Chanel allure. Gabrielle Chanel may have drawn upon her own life experiences for her fashion designs, but when it came to the creation of costume jewellery, it was her artistic and social encounters that gave her inspiration. Just as she did, her models wore costume jewellery in the multiples-layering necklaces, stacking bracelets, and donning various brooches.
On top of marrying faux pearls with precious metals, Gabrielle Chanel designed jewellery that could change an entire look: think cuff bracelets that take the place of a shirt cuff, a jewelled belt that cinches the waist perfectly, or a brooch placed strategically that altered the shape and contours of a dress. After Gabrielle Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld naturally picked up the thread of Chanel costume jewellery. Each season, the double C acts as the mainstay, cropping up as a charm on earrings, cuffs and sautoirs. Respecting the Chanel costume jewellery tradition of collaborating with jewellers, in present day, a major part of production is entrusted to Desrues. The costume jewellery and accessories maker has been a supplier to Chanel since 1965 and a part of the House since 1985.Founded in 1869, Gripoix jewellery house is one of the oldest, if not the oldest manufacturers of costume jewelry in the world. Parisian glass worker Augustine Gripoix was the first who began to master the sophisticated technique of creating jewellery of glass, metal and artificial pearls. She revived pâte de verre - the art of melting glass.
Meanwhile, Gripoix jewellery house created extraordinary pieces for princesses and aristocrats requesting replicas of their precious jewels. Also, fashion designers' - Charles Worth, Paul Poiret, Jeanne Lanvin, Givenchy, Yves Saint-Laurent, Chanel and many others. Made in gold or brass, polished to a golden shine jewellery enjoyed great success in the times of the Belle Epoque.
Noteworthy, Sarah Bernhardt herself wore Gripoix costume jewellery on stage. The company also created beautiful necklaces, crowns, brooches specially for the film "La belle et la bête" ('Beauty and the Beast') in 1946. June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. June's birthstones range from creamy-colored opalescent pearl and moonstone to the rare color-changing alexandrite-one of the most valuable gems on earth. With this spectrum of price points and color options, people with June birthdays can choose a beautiful gemstone to fit any mood or budget.
Pearls have been used as adornment for centuries -at least as far back as ancient Greece, where they believed pearls were tears of the gods. The oldest known pearl jewelry was discovered in the sarcophagus of a Persian Princess who died in 520 B. Ancient Japanese folktales told that pearls were created from the tears of mythical creatures like mermaids and nymphs. Early Chinese civilizations believed that dragons carried pearls between their teeth, and the dragon must be slain to claim the pearls-which symbolized wisdom. Other cultures associated pearls with the moon, calling them teardrops of the moon.Hindu folklore explained that dewdrops fell from the moon into the sea, and Krishna picked one for his daughter on her wedding day. Because natural pearls were so rare throughout history, only the richest echelon could afford them. During the Byzantine Empire, rules dictated that only the emperor was allowed to wear these treasured gemstones.
Ancient Egyptians were often buried with their prized pearls. Tudor England was known as the Pearl Age because of the stone's popularity with the upper class during the sixteenth century. Portraits showed royals wearing pearl jewelry and clothing adorned with pearls. Pearls became more accessible in the early 1900s when the first commercial culturing of saltwater pearls began in Asia. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market-making this classic gemstone affordable for nearly any budget.
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