This stunning vintage necklace is signed Grosse 68 Germany. It was made in 1968. The gold tone rope is 18" around the neck and ties and drops another 3". A wonderful necklace is super condition.
The jewelry firm Suddeutsche Gold und Haar-Bijourterie was founded in 1907 by Heinrich Henkel and Florentin Grosse. They have always been known for their high quality and great design. In 1955 Henkel & Grosse started its cooperation with Christian Dior (1905-57) in Paris and were licensed as the sole producers and distributors of Dior jewelry (for over 50 years now!). Regarding its own designs, however, the company always maintained its independence. As of the 1960s they expanded their portfolio to include Grosse Bijoux, Grosse Sterling and Grosse Gold, with fashion always dictating the design. Besides its affiliation with Dior, this firm became one of the major haute couture designers/manufacturers for other high end names as well - such as Schiaparelli, Lanvin, and Givenchy. After 4 generations as the Grosse family business, in 2006, Christian Dior Couture SA of France acquired Henkel & Grosse.
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