I have come to learn that it is not easy to search for attractive and quality silver tone costume jewelry. There seems to be an abundance of gold tone costume jewelry but other than Mexican, Native American and sterling pieces, stylish silver tone costume jewelry is difficult to find. This set by Grosse, a established jewelry firm since the early 1900's, is a striking and stunning example of elusive stylish silver tone jewelry. Grosse, once the sole creator of jewelry for Christian Dior during the mid century, also created jewelry under its own named trademark since the 1950's. However, I believe that this set dates to the later part of the 20th century since its design has a feeling of "jazzy art deco", a feeling that was so prominent at that time. The necklace consists of squiggly or zig zag shaped rhodium plated links that are interspersed with similarly shaped links that are encrusted with clear chaton cut crystals. The necklace is a choker style and is very, very shiny. The shine of the rhodium coated silver tone links is increased by the addition of these rhinestone links. All links are tightly strung on a silver tone chain (cannot be seen) and the links are articulated so that the necklace lies flat on the neck. The choker has an "electric" feel to it which adds a fluidity to the piece. There is an extender chain of 2 1/4" which ends with an oval cartouche inscribed with the Grosse trademark. The necklace closes with a lobster claw mechanism. The earrings are of the clip on type. They are also very shiny with the "jazzy" design produced onto its solid half moon shape (there aren't any links). They are wide and chunky and are signed on the clip and on the inner side of the earrings. This set looks like it just came out of the store. It is in MINT condition. The necklace measures 15 3/4" long including the extender (which can be extended by any reputable jeweler) by 3/4 " wide. The earrings measure 3/4"+w x 3/4"h. Striking, stunning and sure to be seen, this set is the perfect accessory to any formal affair or whenever the need for quality silver tone costume jewelry arises. Condition: MINT Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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