Christian Dior Gripoix Vintage Flower Brooch
Unsigned Christian Dior Gripoix Vintage Flower Brooch
Vintage late 1940's...early 1950's Christian Dior Gripoix brooch/pin. Gold tone brooch with imitation pearl and a glass floral design. Measurements: Length 3.6”, Width 2.8” Made in France About the Designer Maison Gripoix started with a dramatic story. Around 1869, Paris master glass-maker Augustina Gripoix began making replicas of pearls and crystals; casting glass into different shapes and colours and fitting them in the most sophisticated settings. She found a simple method to make beautiful jewelry, here Marquises, Duchesses and Princesses qued up for her designs. Madame Gripoix made replicas of their own jewelry for them, in case of a robbery or loss, or some unusual jewelry pieces for their new wraps, neckpieces, or boas. The so-called ‘costume jewelry’ emerged to a large extent thanks to the work of Maison Gripoix. Historical jewelry made by Gripoix, especially pieces made for Chanel and Christian Dior, are objects of real cult value. They are collected, hunted down, sold at auctions, and their prices have recently sky-rocketed.