1960’s Chanel Gripoix Four Strand Necklace with Tassel Drop


Astounding four strand beaded necklace by Gripoix for Chanel. The necklace is composed of four strands of beads, two on each side, with each side doubling back to a hook that connects at center front. The necklace features a center jewel composed of four tassel-like gold spiral strands, each with their own unique glass and pearl end. Detailed and beautifully created.

The necklace is unmarked as were all 1950s and 1960s Chanel pieces. Purchased from a reputable auction house attributing the piece to Chanel to Chanel as well. See the last image. Item was bought in a quantity of two, the second necklace is listed for purchase as well. This piece of body art was created during the tenure of Robert Goosens.

Doubled measurement is 16" around the neck
Total length is 34" but created to be doubled and hooked at center front
Tassel length is 4"
Glass beads are almost 1.2" wide

In 1869, Augustina Gripoix began creating glass pearl and gem jewelry using the pate de verre technique, and quickly found herself making jewelry for Europe’s nobility. Initially the pieces she created were replicas of fine jewelry her clients already owned - they commissioned her to make them so that in the event of theft they would still at least own a copy of their stolen piece. Eventually Augustina branched out and began crafting her own pieces which were a hit, essentially creating the market for costume jewelry! In the 1920s Augustina’s daughter, Suzanne, collaborated with Coco Chanel, thus beginning Maison Gripoix’s involvement with couture fashion houses. Clients include: Chanel, Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Poiret, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Balmain, Lacroix, Patou.
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