Augustine Gripoix was the founding father of the House of Gripoix in 1890. His innovation lied in the creation of pâte de verre, a process in which...LEARN MORE
Augustine Gripoix was the founding father of the House of Gripoix in 1890. His innovation lied in the creation of pâte de verre, a process in which glass could be cast into intricate metal mountings. The haute couture costume jewelry house was then passed from generation to generation, starting with Augustine's daughter Suzanne Gripoix and granddaughter Josette Gripoix.
The House of Gripoix supplied the glamorous and highly ornamental pieces to Jeanne Lanvin, Jean Piguet, and Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel herself. It wasn't long before fabulous faux pearls and other costume baubles adorned the necks and hands of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, and later, Tom Ford.
Gripoix is often credited as the fashion house that made costume jewelry appreciated for what it is; fine craftsmanship and truly stunning designs. The jewelry house also leaves its legacy in the process of pearl sheening cultured pearls, which soon led to the popularity of Chanel's own pearls.BACK TO SHOP
|METAL(S)||Gilt (Gold Plated)|
|CONDITION||Excellent - no signs of wear|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||France|
Handmade Poured Glass Coral, Rose Quartz & Emerald Green Flower Bib Necklace, Circa 1980
This 17" inch bib necklace is a costume piece worthy of the French House of Gripoix from which it originates. Known for creating costume jewelry with incredible craftsmanship and opulence, this 3 panel necklace composed of poured glass flowers in coral & rose quartz is no exception. The flowers are only accented by the gilt and emerald green leaves, all handmade. Each flower is unique and only adds to this cute and classy piece.
This 1980's necklace is in excellent condition, showing no signs of wear. It features a lobster clasp.