If ever costume jewelry were to look like the real thing, this vintage Grosse demi parure set is it! Circa mid 1960's, made in Germany, Grosse, better known as Henkel and Grosse, produced high quality costume and fine jewelry beginning in 1907. THey began a collaboration with such fashion labels as Lanvin and Schiaparelli. In 1955 they were licensed as the sole producers of Dior jewelry. Obviously, their creations are luxury quality and were produced by skilled craftsman. This demi parure is testament to that. It could easily be mistaken for fine "real" jewelry. Both the necklace and the bracelet are shiny gold plated, having a Florentine finish. However, the extremely subtle and understated design comes from parts of the pieces being done in a shiny finish. The pattern, hardly observable to the eye, is that of a linear design of both vertical and horizontal lines. THe edges of both pieces are likewise done in this manner. You have to look hard to see it, but once you do you can appreciate how much expert skill went into creating both the necklace and the bracelet. The pieces are flat on the underside and lay flat on the body. However, the other side has texture and a "feel" to it. The pieces are mesh like but not really mesh. THe necklace is choker length measuring approximately 15" and 3/8" h. It closes with a push in closure that snaps shut. The closure is engraved on the back "GROSSE 1966 Germany." The bracelet also closes with the same mechanism and there is a secondary "8" figure security closure. It measures 7" in length and 3/8"h. The closure is engraved on the back "GROSSE1967 Germany." The set is in perfect condition with no plate loss or kinks. There are no signs of age or wear. There is an ever so slight difference in the color of the gold plating but this certainly would not be noticeable when worn. When your outfit sparkles and you just need timeless and remarkable smart jewelry, this is the set for you. Sometimes a little says a lot. Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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