Classic elegance from Elsa Schiaparelli with a touch of Shocking Pink to shake things up a bit. Add the original "Schiaparelli Jewels" box for an incomparable 1950s demi from one of vintage costume jewelry's premier designers.
The necklace begins with large textured rings joined with three flat oval connector links. Six segments of heavy domed goldtone arcs are accented with double rows of beading. Each is interspersed with a pronged dentelle faceted chaton rhinestone in Schiaparelli's signature shocking pink. Three filigree capped tassels of luxurious foxtail fringe dangle from center three sections. The matching clip earrings repeat the design with a single vertical beaded arc, pink rhinestone chaton and filigree capped foxtail fringe tassel. The set arrives in it's original silky pink with golden "paint drizzle" presentation box. Inside bottom has golden velveteen pad. Inside top -- gold foil emblazoned with "Schiaparelli Jewels".
The specs: Necklace is adjustable to about 17 inches with hook style closure. The decorative center spans approximately 8 inches. Width or length, including the tassel is about 2 3/8 inches. The earrings are about 2 3/4 inches long x 3/8 inch at their widest. Chaton rhinestones are about 8 millimeters. Weight of the set is a very generous approximate 104 grams. Box measures about 8 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches x 1 1/8 inches.
Condition of the demi is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All goldtone finishes intact, front and back. Rhinestones original with beautiful dentelle faceting, pink color, and sparkle. Foxtail fringe free from pulls or snags with luxurious burnished finish. All soldering secure. Earring clips strong and secure. No damage / no repairs. Heavy paperboard box shows some expected, appropriate age wear, especially at edges and corners. One corner has pulled away. Velveteen pad free from stains. One of the necklace stabilizer tabs is missing. There are two insertion slots for earring to clip into. Muslin like material box hinge remains intact and functional. The box shows it's 50 to 60 something years. The jewelry itself is in excellent condition.
All pieces are signed. The necklace on the reverse of one of it's links within a rectangular cartouche "Schiaparelli" in familiar script. Each original earring clip is also signed in script "Schiaparelli".
Schiaparelli jewelry remains a top choice for discriminating collectors and aficionados alike. Considering her provenance as well as classic creations with an edge, the future shines bright for Elsa Schiaparelli designs.
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