Grosse,or Grosse and Henkel, have created jewelry in Germany since the turn of the century. They began a collaboration with such fashion labels as Lanvin and Schiaparelli and in 1955 became the sole licensee of Christian Dior jewelry. Their jewelry was produced by skilled craftsmen and usually had a style of their own, often wispy and airy designs. The particular piece is different since is is abstract, bold, thick and chunky. The necklace is of the delicate braided type which is in direct contrast to the large and striking pendant. The pendant is large in length measuring 3"long x 1 3/4"w (at its widest). It has a free form and abstract shape. It is organic and dimensional. The plating is textured although the edges are smooth. There are folds and curves which give it depth. There are clusters of varied sized blue cabochon beads set on the surface. The blues are turquoise,peacock blue and lapiz azul. They make a very unusual and interesting accent (they are not bezel or prong set, they are just set on the surface). The metal on the back has the same texture and there is an identification label stating "1971 Grosse Germany." The chain is 15" long which includes a 2" extension chain. It closes with a spring set round closure. The necklace is in great shape with a little dust (?) or wear under the folds. Blue accented costume jewelry has a certain charm and allure. This necklace not only has this accent but it is interesting in its shape and form. Although abstract in nature, it will never go out of style. A unusual and unique piece! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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