Wednesday, December 31, 2008


How do you celebrate the arrival of 2009? Can the Cristal. Ban the Beluga. Mush to the midnight smooch. The real way to celebrate is with Chanel.
These two vintage necklaces are the stuff that fireworks are made of -- dramatic necklaces that are amazing conversation pieces and unlike anything available at Chanel today.

The first necklace detailed is a shades-of-light-amber Lucite Egyptian style bib necklace that hangs around the neck seductively. From the Spring/Summer collection of 1999 (which isn't that vintage, we admit, but they don't make necklaces likes these anymore), this really does look like golden fireworks. The necklace attaches via two connecting gold curved bars at the back of the neck and a swag of "rock crystals" cascade from the adjustable hook closure.

The dramatic second necklace is a tremendous showcase of Gripoix ruby-hued poured glass four-leaf clovers that decorate your neck and then three variations of the clover medaillons drop down and blue aqua marine crystals enhance the entire necklace. This is a real showstopper.

The original owner of both necklaces and many of the recent Chanel pieces we have posted lived between Paris and London in the 1980s and 1990s. She was married to a "James Bond"-type and became a darling of the Couture houses (we are hoping to acquire some of her Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel Haute Couture clothing, too). Well, it's good to be a darling when you are able to acquire these stellar examples from the Chanel Bijoux Fantasie work rooms!

Chanel unuusal light amber crystal Lucite big necklace, Spring/Summer 1999. Length approximately 16 plus " (adjustable). Longest strand approximately 4"SOLD
Chanel Gripoix ruby clover aquamarine poured glass neckalce, A/W 1994. Length is 19". Drop approximately 5" SOLD

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