1930s Red and Green Gripoix Glass Vintage French Necklace

This wonderfully evocative necklace was created in France in the 1930s. It features highly collectible Gripoix glass and remarkable Machine Age design. 

Condition Report:

Very Good - A tiny chip to the edge of one green glass panel. This is only apparent with touch or very close inspection. It is not visible when the necklace is worn. 

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The Details...

This necklace is constructed from gilt metal panels linked together. Each panel features an open work 'wave' design at its centre. The necklace features a central design created from Gripoix glass panels in red and green. The design resembles a sun and its rays. The necklace fastens with a boz clasp. The reverse of the necklace's central design is stamped 'FRANCE'. The necklace measures 38.5cm in length wth the central design measuring 5cm x 4.5cm. 

A Short History...

This necklace has a number of special aspects. Dating from the 1930s, it is a great surviving example of the Machine Age designs of the period. Its linked together panels and linear sun rays are testimony to the art and design of the time that was influenced by new innovations in technology and paid tribute to industry that was moving into the future. Also, as this piece is stamped 'FRANCE' on its reverse, it is pretty much a certainty that the poured glass we see used in this necklace is that of the famous Maison Gripoix. Founded by Augustine Gripoix in 1869,  this piece was probably created under the directorship of her daughter, Suzanne. Suzanne worked with designers, such as Lanvin and Piguet, to produce jewellery that complimented their collections. However, the designer she collaborated most fervently and famously with was Coco Chanel. It's interesting that this necklace features the colour way of red and green, which Coco incorporated prolifically in her designs. Perhaps, this Gripoix piece was created for the house of Chanel in the 1930s? It is certainly a rare and important heirloom piece. 

Wear it With...

This is a whenever and wherever piece. It looks beautiful for evening, with a Little Black Dress or, for day, sitting on top of a pale grey knit peeking out from under a trench coat.

  • Colour Gold, Green, Red
  • Era 1930s
  • Occasion Bridal, Smart Casual, The Festive Season, Wedding Guest, Cocktail and Evening
  • Trend Gatsby Glamour