VINTAGE 1980s Christian Dior Haute Couture Pearl Statement Necklace

A Christian Dior Pearl Necklace.jpgVINTAGE 1980s Christian Dior *signed* Adjustable Gold, Herringbone Chain, Pearl & Rhinestone Statement Necklace

Christian Dior was founded in 1947 Paris by the designer of the same name. By 1948, Dior had opened a fashion house called “Dior Costume Jewelry” in Germany. Dior’s initial designs, revealed for Spring/Summer 1947, were referred to as his first haute couture collection – the New Look. Christian Dior differed from many designers with his use of jewelry. Dior believed that jewelry was as much a part of fashion as clothing. The jewelry for each look was designed in detail for his collections, without worry of undermining the clothing. Dior jewelry, from the beginning, was very much inspired by nature. Many designs since the late ’40s featured depictions of animals and floral motifs. Dior himself spent much of his time in the French countryside and the scenery clearly influenced much of his work, including jewelry. In 1957, Christian Dior died at the age of 52, leaving Yves Saint Laurent as creative director. Saint Laurent then took control of jewelry design for Christian Dior.

This French designed, stunning, pearl necklace is another example of the aurora borealis coating that Dior originally created for rhinestones. The pinkish-white tinted, faux pearl is surrounded with fourteen, clear, sparkling rhinestones. These are set in a richly gold-plated, herringbone patterned chain, which is adjustable, hangs beautifully and is signed with the haute couture, Christian Dior logo charm. The charm is at the end of the chain and dangles prominently down the back, adding even more decadence to the necklace!

This piece is signed Chr.Dior, measures 17″ in length, can be adjusted by increments into a 15″ choker and has a secure buckle clasp

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