Chanel 1980s Gold Plated Medallion Vintage Necklace

This show-stopping necklace is a fine example of Chanel's craftsmanship. It features a timeless and wearable design.

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The Details...

This gold plated necklace features two strands of curb link chain soldered together at a mid-point along their lengths to create a 'swag' effect. The necklace features a single, medallion style circular pendant, embossed around the outer edge with 'CHANEL 31 RUE CAMBON PARIS' and detailed at the centre with a sheild motif featuring the famed interlocking 'C's. The necklace fastens with a hook and eye. The necklace is signed - the reverse of the pendant is stamped with 'CHANEL' 'MADE IN FRANCE' and interlocing 'C's. It also features an authenication number of 3903. This necklace measures 42cm in length. The necklace also comes with its original Chanel packaging - a black box, stamped on the exterior with CHANEL in white, lined in white silk and stamped on the interior with CHANEL PARIS in black. To learn more about Chanel jewellery, visit our 'Designers' section.

A Short History...

This necklace is emblematic of the of the craze for gold tone, large scale pieces that perpetuated throughout the Eighties. It was most likely created by Victoire de Castellane, who was particularly famed for designing midas touched jewellery for the house of Chanel. Her bold creations sprung forth from the pages of Vogue on the likes of Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell. It is easy to imagine such supermodels wearing this Chanel necklace, as they stare powerfully from a magazine spread wearing leather and sharp shoulders. Whilst adhering to the quintessentially Eighties taste for gold, De Castellane was also known for staying true to the heritage of Chanel too. Wherever it was complimentary, she would include Coco's favourite material of pearls, the houses' famed Gripoix glass, Camelia-like designs or the whimsical touches, that Karl Largerfeld and Coco adored.  

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.

  • Designer Chanel
  • Colour Gold
  • Era 1980s
  • Occasion Cocktail and Evening, The Festive Season, Smart Casual
  • Trend Logo Mania, Power