This stunning "swan" set was created by Grosse, also known as Henkel and Grosse. This brand began making fine jewelry in Germany in 1907 and in 1945 they turned their attention to the American markets and began to produce costume jewelry that was so refined that it looked like genuine fine jewelry but cost a lot less. They made jewelry for Lanvin and Schiaparelli and in 1955 became the sole creator of Christian Dior, an agreement that lasted 50 years. Obviously, since their jewelry designs were sold by such high luxury brands, their jewelry was finely crafted and exquisitely designed. This stunning set is an example of this. It makes such a statement and is so masterly executed, that it could pass as the "real thing." The choker necklace has a thick chain that looks as though it is made of very fine solid mesh. However, upon scrutiny the back reveals that two mesh strands are somewhat fused together to create a solid flat mesh chain on the outside. Very ingenious. The focal point is a resting swan done is both shiny gold and brushed gold. The swan appears to be sleeping with his head resting on his plumage. The head appears to come from behind and wraps around the mesh chain. This wonderful creature has pave rhinestones embedded in his "feathers'. His eyes are larger stones as are the stones on the back of his neck. He is three dimensional. He is just beautiful and seems to be in a restful repose. He measures 2 1/4"w x 1 1/2"h. The "Grosse" trademark is imprinted on the back. There is a small extender chain and a "lift up" closure mechanism which has "Grosse" stamped on it. The clip on earrings present a similar swan just smaller. These swans also have a long and curved necks and are embedded with small rhinestones. The eyes are a small ruby red stone. They are also dimensional and they are as beautiful as their parent. They are of the clip on type and are stamped "Grosse" on the clip. They measure 1 1/4"h x 1"w. The set is in wonderful condition without any issues to note. The choker measures approximately 16+" in length including the clasp x 1/4" h. Swans are large, stately, elegant and graceful creatures and when seen, their beauty is mesmerizing. The same can be said for this jewelry representation of this magnificent creature. Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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