Dating chanel jewellery
It was after this that her jewellery began to be signed, and in reference books such pieces are usually dated 1954-1971 (from the date of the first known signature to Chanel's death in 1971).
The signature at this time was simple, 'CHANEL' was stamped either directly onto the piece, or was attached via a hangtag, as shown above.
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Modelled from an original piece of CHANEL Art Deco jewellery, dating from the 1920s, this dazzling necklace boasts 1500 individual rhinestones that have been artfully assembled into a graphic silhouette that recalls the night-lit, Manhattan skyline.
Indeed, it was Chanel who introduced the whole concept of costume jewellery, larger than life pieces that deliberately played on the fact that the materials were not precious.
Initially, Coco Chanel produced her jewellery to compliment her outfits, so they were not regarded as stand-alone pieces, but as part of the whole ensemble.
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The following year he appointed Victoire de Castallane to head up jewellery design, and she produced most of the famous Chanel pieces that are so collectable and continue to inspire today.
None of these pieces were signed, and it goes without saying that these early pieces are extremely rare and require considerable expertise to authenticate them.
Chanel closed her Rue Cambon shop during the Second World War, only opening it again in 1954.
The obvious reply is to handle as much vintage Chanel as you can - but this is not exactly practical for most people!
If you know Chanel well it is easier to spot a fake - the weight must feel substantial, the workmanship is of the highest class, and the signature must be authentic (see below).