Dating vintage costume jewelry
The jewelry has value in and of itself for a number of reasons, but it shouldn't be mistaken for Chanel costume jewelry.There is no authentic Chanel costume jewelry with the Chanel signature in script.1950s through 1960s: Gabrielle re-opened her boutique on Rue Cambon in 1954.As previously, much of her costume jewelry was designed and produced to accompany her clothing.Along with the chains she used on the hems of her jackets to weight them properly, necklaces, earrings and brooches (most notably the camelia flower) were included and sold with each outfit.
Earrings for pierced ears, which are much smaller than the clip earrings previously standard for Chanel, may have a harder-to-find signature because there's very limited space available on the piece.Circa 1986 through 1992: Karl Lagerfeld was appointed the creative director and head designer for Chanel in 1983.Shortly thereafter, he hired Victoire de Castellane to oversee the designs for Chanel's costume jewelry, where she remained until 1998 .The information will be of benefit in the identification of authentic Designer Costume Jewelry in general.
As you advance, you'll develop a certain kind of "expertise" in identifying costume jewelry, according to the particular designer's preferences, what I call, their individual "signatures" which is a different thing altogether to their jewelry marks. Many unsigned pieces are extravagant, beautiful, rare and valuable.
I'm not yet certain this signature is from this time period, but strongly suspect so.