Exquisitely 1968 GROSSE GERMANY huge dimensional Koi Fish adjustable open Bangle.. Highly detailed and textured with shiny gold-plated base metal. Clear diamante rhinestone accents to the Koi fish face, with ruby glass cabochon eyes. a raised tail known as the Finn.
Measures 3" by 2 1/2". Just found the Koi Fish Ring adjustable to match.
Signed GROSSE GERMANY 1968.
Excellent/ Pristine vintage condition.
The jewelry firm Süddeutsche Gold und Haar-Bijouterie, founded in 1907 by Heinrich Henkel and Florentin Grosse, experienced its first successes with costume jewelry made of bronze, aluminium, wood, bakelite and galalite. Renamed Henkel & Grosse, the firm soon established its first business contacts to the US. In the early 1930's, it began working with the fashion labels Lanvin and Schiaparelli in Paris as well as with Harrods in London and Saks in New York. The company was awarded the diplome d’honneur for their designs in 1937 at the “Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la vie Moderne” in Paris. Since 1955 Henkel & Grosse worked together with Christian Dior and for fifty years held a license to produce and distribute Dior jewelry worldwide.
With regard to Henkel & Grosse’s own jewelry lines, the firm always maintained its independence, thereby setting their own creations apart from Dior jewellery. For example, the line Grosse Bijoux, which was expanded in the 1960s to include the collections Grosse Sterling and Grosse Gold – with fashion always dictating their design. The enterprise, led by four generations of the Grosse family, had at its zenith over 600 employees and a worldwide distribution. Dior and Grosse costume jewelry was designed in Pforzheim. Produced in Pforzheim and in the US, it stood for modern design and technical innovation. In 2005 the family withdrew from the business and the firm became part of the Dior group
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