If you're looking for vintage, second-hand or pre-owned Chanel costume jewelry, For Sure Vintage is always on the lookout for necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, brooches and earrings made in the 1980s and 1990s.
These two decades were particularly rich and creative periods for Chanel costume jewelry. Under the artistic direction of Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion house was able to renew its image and offer innovative, original collections.
Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld and Victoire de Castellane
Among the designers who have marked the history of Chanel costume jewelry is renowned jeweler Victoire de Castellane, who began her career at Chanel in 1984 as a "studio assistant" creating luxury costume jewelry and accessories.
Until 1998, Victoire de Castellane oversaw the development of costume jewelry, bringing her playful fashion sense and personal touch. She used references to cartoons, pop culture, nature and history to create original, offbeat couture jewelry.
Chanel vintage jewelry is a must-have fashion accessory and a highly sought-after collector's item. They are high-quality costume jewelry, made with noble materials and meticulous finishing. They are the symbol of French chic.
Vintage Chanel costume jewelry is a rather rare product that increases in value every year. The interest of women who wear or collect them is due in part to the incredible quality of the materials that Chanel once used to make its costume jewelry.
Chanel couture jewelry of the 1980s and 1990s was made from solid metal that was gilded with fine gold. This was brass coated with a thin layer of 24-carat gold.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, which has the advantage of being malleable yet strong, anti-allergic and close to the color of gold. Fine gold plating gave Chanel's costume and couture jewelry a luxurious, shiny appearance, while being less expensive than solid gold.
Today, 24-carat fine gold-plating is no longer used by Chanel, which is a real difference from vintage or second-hand costume jewelry.