This is a rare vintage Chanel two row Gripoix glass baroque pearl choker style necklace. This beautiful choker has large creamy baroque style glass pearls . The total length is about 17”, and there is a small extender with a small dangling Pearl , so you may wear it a bit longer if you wish. There is also a small crystal bar at the hook closure. The authenticity plaque is attached and shows this lovely piece was Made In France. This Rare Chanel Gripoix Necklace is from the estate of a very dear, beautiful, and elegant friend. She took care of her Chanel and this piece is in excellent condition with a small flaw in one of the knots. The glass pearls look great and this is a wonderful piece to add to your valuable vintage Chanel Jewelry Collection.
The necklace has a Chanel signature label attached with the CC's and the date for which season the necklace was made.
The necklace measures 17 inches and has an extension chain
The necklace is sold in excellent condition, with no visible damage to the pearls. This is a genuine and rare necklace, so grab it as they are really hard to find!
Chanel a brief history of Costume Jewelry
The first person to reproduce Chanel jewelry may have been Coco Chanel, who made costume copies of her finer stuff by substituting gold for gold-plated metal, diamonds for paste, and glass for pearls, so that, as she put it, "women can wear fortunes that cost nothing." As with her clothing, which was of its time at the height of the Art Deco era without being particularly beholden to that era's geometric and machined style, Chanel's earliest costume jewelry could be lyrical and fanciful—how else to describe brooches in the shape of green tree frogs, their lead bodies coloured with enamel, their webbed feet packed with paste, or airy pins supporting sprays of pâte de verre flowers.
Products that were unique to the Chanel costume line included "poured" glass pieces manufactured for Chanel by Maison Gripoix, although coloured glass also figured prominently in Chanel costume jewelry manufactured before and after World War II—Chanel closed her Paris business in 1939, and did not reopen it until 1954 when she was 71. So, while some of the vintage pins from the 1930s and 1950s were made of poured glass, others simply used coloured glass stones that were cut and polished to fit their gilt-metal settings. As for the overall shapes of these pins, they ranged from abstract to floral, although one of Chanel's most famous motifs was the familiar Maltese Cross. By the 1960s, Chanel costume jewelry reflected the designer's enthusiasm for ancient art styles, from Byzantine necklaces to Anglo Saxon belt buckles.