There is something about a tassel that is very intriquing to me.. This "universal ornament in varying versions in many cultures around the globe" (Wikipedia) has been used as an adornment throughout time. This lovely necklace by Grosse, circa 1969, features the tassel as the focal point of this pendant necklace. Grosse, known also as Henkel and Grosse, created luxury costume jewelry since 1907 and Lanvin and Schiaparelli were among their clients. They were the sole creators of Dior jewelry during the mid century and afterwards created jewelry under their own trademark. Their reputation continues to be creators of fine couture jewelry of the highest quality. Their creations often have a dimensional quality as well as a fluidity of movement. This pendant necklace definitely "dances" as the wearer moves. The tassel is large measuring 3 " in length with the strands measuring 2 1/4" and the cap being 3/4". There are 16 bright gold braided strands and similarly the cap is a shiny and bright FLorentine gold with a braid trim. The tassel does what tassels are supposed to do, that is, jingle jangle with movement. The connective bale ring is decorative. The necklace itself is gorgeous. It has the same shiny brilliance as the tassel. It appears to be FLorentine and polished gold finishes that are braided together. The effect is golden, bright and vivid. This French rope chain is spectacular and luxurious. It is 29" long. There is a spring ring clasp and an oval medallion stating "Grosse 1969 Germany." The necklace is in great condition with very faint and minor gold wash loss on the braid accent of the pendant cap. Mentioned for accuracy purposes. This necklace makes a statement in a very classic and classy way. There is a reason why the tassel has been used as ornamentation for centuries. This Grosse necklace provides that explanation! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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