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Henkel Grosse vintage costume jewelry

Henkel Grosse vintage costume jewelry

Floral design gold plated brooch. 1965. 4.7 cm. Henkel Grosse vintage costume jewelry

Henkel Grosse vintage costume jewelry
The history of Henkel and Grosse began in 1907, in the German capital of jewelers – the city of Pforzheim, when Heinrich Henkel and his brother-in-law Florentin Grosse opened their own company. The firm grew, and in the mid-1920s, the designers established the first business contacts with the United States. Ten years later, they worked with such fashion houses as Lanvin and Schiaparelli in Paris, as well as Harrods in London and Saks in New York. In 1937, Henkel & Grosse was awarded the Medal of Honor at the World Exhibition in Paris for the innovative design of jewelry, as well as for the creation of new technologies in their production.

Many Dior jewelry lovers know the name “Henkel & Grosse”. The creative union of these famous designers took place in the post-war years. Dior was looking for new forms and turned to the best designers of the time – Kramer, Grosse and others. A new stage in the history of the company took place in 1955. Henkel and Grosse got the license for the design, production and sale of luxury jewelry for the Dior brand. Art, technique and craftsmanship managed to overcome the political tensions between France and Germany, former adversaries. A separate company Christian Dior Bijoux was created. However, Henkel & Grosse continued to produce their own jewelry under their own brand. Noteworthy, the licensing agreement lasted over 50 years.

Flower brooch. Gold tone textured metal, 4.8 cm. 1968

Flower brooch. Gold tone textured metal, 4.8 cm. 1968

The company, led by four generations of the Grosse family, had 600 employees and distributed its products in Europe, the USA and later in Asia. In 2006 the family went out of business and the firm became part of the Dior group.

1959 signature

1959 signature

Henkel Grosse vintage costume jewelry

1960s floral design gold plated pearl brooch

1960s floral design gold plated pearl brooch

1964

1964

Carnation flower gold tone brooch. 8 cm. 1960s

Carnation flower gold tone brooch. 8 cm. 1960s

Cat with crystal collar gold tone brooch. 6 cm

Cat with crystal collar gold tone brooch. 6 cm

Clear crystal art glass gold tone brooch. 1970s

Clear crystal art glass gold tone brooch. 1970s

1965

1965

Emerald color glass cabochon gold tone flower brooch. 1963

Emerald color glass cabochon gold tone flower brooch. 1963

Faux pearl gold tone round shaped clip on earrings

Faux pearl gold tone round shaped clip on earrings

Feather gold plated brooch. 1965

Feather gold plated brooch. 1965

1968

1968

Fox 14 gold plated brooch

Fox 14 gold plated brooch

Gold tone flower brooch. 4.4 cm. 1960s

Gold tone flower brooch. 4.4 cm. 1960s

flower brooch. 4.4 cm. 1960s

Flower gold plated brooch. 4.4 cm. 1960s

1972 signature

1972 signature

Green cabochon gold plated swirl design brooch. 5 cm. 1960s

Green cabochon gold plated swirl design brooch. 5 cm. 1960s

Grosse for Dior gold tone pendant

Grosse for Dior gold tone pendant

Jade stone gold plated vintage brooch

Jade stone gold plated vintage brooch

Leaf branch brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, rhinestones. 1962

Leaf branch brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, rhinestones. 1962

Leaf spray gold plated brooch. 6 cm. 1964

Leaf spray gold plated brooch. 6 cm. 1964

Made for Dior Saber rhinestones gold plated brooch. 12 cm. 1960s

Made for Dior Saber rhinestones gold plated brooch. 12 cm. 1960s

Modernist design 925 sterling silver pendant. 6 cm. 1970s

Modernist design 925 sterling silver pendant. 6 cm. 1970s

Oval shaped brooch. Gold plated metal alloy, rhinestones. 5 cm. 1960s

Oval shaped brooch. Gold plated metal alloy, rhinestones. 5 cm. 1960s

Paisley design gold plated brooch. 1971

Abstract design gold plated brooch. 1971

Signed Grosse

Signed Grosse

Swallow brooch pin. 14 K gold plated metal alloy, made for Dior. 1964

Swallow brooch pin. 14 K gold plated metal alloy, made for Dior. 1964

Two cats brooch. Gold tone alloy, rhinestones. 4.8 cm. 1990s

Two cats brooch. Gold tone alloy, rhinestones. 4.8 cm. 1990s

Wave swirl design gold plated brooch. 1959

Wave swirl design gold plated brooch. 1959