This vintage Chanel brooch is a classic representation of elegant mid-century design by Coco Chanel. It is simple yet striking with its liberal use of gold-tone and oversized faux pearl. Purchased in Brussels at the famous Sablon market, it dates from the 1950s. Coco Chanel re-opened her boutique on Rue Cambon in 1954. As previously, much of her costume jewelry was designed and produced to accompany her clothing. Along with the chains she used on the hems of her jackets to weight them properly, necklaces, earrings and brooches (most notably flowers) were included and sold with each outfit. In the 50s and early 60s, many of Chanel's costume jewelry pieces were designed by the young and talented Robert Goossens. Many of the pieces from this time period are marked simply as CHANEL, usually stamped directly on the piece itself. Copyright use on Chanel jewelry only came into being later in the 70s. You can find this Chanel marking and authenticate it at sites online and in several other reference books for Chanel. It measures approximately 2 ¼" and the faux pearl is 21mm. It is in very good condition, especially considering the age. A must have for a true Chanel collector!