1950's DIOR Parure with Aurora Borealis Stones
This beautiful set was designed in the mid-1950's by Francis Winter for couturier, Christian Dior. It is made of both silver and gold tones metal and is set with very large oval aurora borealis crystals. The crystals are some of the earliest ones as the process for the AB coating was not perfected until 1955 by Manfred Swarovski and Dior was the first to use the stones in his jewelry. Francis Winter designed for Dior in the mid-1950's and....viola....we have a sound argument for dating this to the mid-1950's which means that Dior saw and approved this design himself.....and that's a big deal.
The condition is good but there are a couple of issues. First, there are scratches on the AB coating and bits of wear to the back of the stones. The scratches are not as visible in the pictures or when wearing but they are there. You can see the back of the stones clearly in the pictures. Second, I don't think that the clasps are original. They could be but I doubt it. If they were replaced, it was done quite a while ago as they have aged nicely with the rest of the pieces.
While this parure is not perfect, it is very rare to find all the pieces to a set. I haven't seen many other complete sets that date to before the time of M. Dior's death in 1957.
The necklace measures 14.5" long with a 3" extender. The bracelet is 7.35" and the earrings are .75" wide by 1" tall. All pieces are signed with the same Dior cartouche.