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Unusual "Bib" Necklace of Blackened Silver & Gold, Germany, circa 1985


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Unusual "Bib" Necklace of Blackened Silver & Gold, Germany, circa 1985
Unusual "Bib" Necklace of Blackened Silver & Gold, Germany, circa 1985
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The so-called "Bib" necklace - a necklace with a triangular front resting on the décolleté - has been a real classic in jewellery history since the post-war period. It first made a splash in 1945 when Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, wore such a piece of jewellery to a party. It had been made on her behalf by Cartier and was an absolute novelty at the time. In the glamorous 1950s and 1960s in particular, the bib necklace with its rich gemstone trim became a popular among the Hollywood elite. Liz Taylor, for example, owned such a necklace made of diamonds and rubies. But even today, this particular form of necklace has lost none of its appeal. Its elegance made it become an evergreen of festive jewellery. The present necklace was created in the 1980s and varies the form of the bib necklace in an artistic way. A hand-forged chain of stretched links is made from blackened silver. Six rings made of 18-karat gold and two hooks also forged of gold are inserted here. The two hooks allow the necklace to be worn in two different lengths - as a short necklace and as a sweater necklace. The centerpiece of the necklace, its showpiece, is shaped like a hanging pennant as a long triangle and is composed of similar links and bars in a movable manner. Eyelets of gold are also inlaid in the center, leading to a golden hemisphere pendulously attached to the top. Jewellery like this illustrious the experimental eighties, when the boundaries between goldsmith work and wearable works of art were fluid. We discovered the necklace, which is a unique goldsmith's work, in the west of Germany.
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All times have their fashions, and all fashions have their effects also on the field of jewellery. Jewellery of the 1980s is an often beautiful, and always impressive testimony of a time of optimism and abundance: The oil crisis seemed to be over, Wall Street was flourishing - People sipped cocktails and paid with credit cards, everything seemed possible. At the same time, a new image of women emerged. Self-confident and tough, asserting herself at work, in the face of men, successful, with broad shoulder pads and high heels, she adorned herself with rings, necklaces and brooches in hitherto unfamiliar dimensions, with reflective surfaces of yellow gold and rich trimmings of colored gemstones. A lot of costume jewelry was created, because executed in real materials the jewelry would have been unaffordable for most women, so large and heavy they should appear. But real jewellery was of course also produced in large numbers in the USA and Europe.
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Unusual "Bib" Necklace of Blackened Silver & Gold, Germany, circa 1985
An art object
€ 1,490.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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