Louis Rousselet Glass Pearl Necklace Earrings Set
Louis RousseletMeasurements: Necklace Length 15”, Width 0.8”
Earrings Diameter 0.8”
Made in France
Louis Rousselet Glass and Pearl set in very good condition, with slight wear on the pearls and glass.
This set is breathtaking. Every glass petal and pearl are meticulously placed, making this set a Unique work of art.
Louis Rousselet (1892-1980) was born in Paris and apprenticed at a young age to learn to manufacture lamp-work beads. In 1922 in Menilmontant, a Paris suburb, he began manufacturing glass and Galalith beads as well as faux pearls. The pearls were created from glass beads coated with essence d’Orient, a fish-scale compound. All of his beads were hand-wound and polished. Workers had to train for six or seven years to learn his techniques. By 1925, Rousselet employed 800 workers and shipped his beads all over the world. Production of pearls ceased in the late 1960s. Glass beads were manufactured until 1975, when the last trained worker retired.
Rousselet also designed sautoirs, necklaces, pendants and other jewelry, using glass beads in a wide range of colors and styles. His pieces were worn by Josephine Baker and other stars of the Folies Bergères, Casino de Paris and Moulin Rouge, as well as clients of couturiers such as Chanel, Jacques Fath, Pierre Balmain and Robert Piquet. Rousselet’s daughter Denise designed many of the firm’s collections from 1943 until she took over as designer in 1965.
Most of Rousselet’s pieces were signed only on a paper tag.