Vintage CIS Cissy Zoltwoska Paris Turquoise & Paste Glass Girandole Parure 1960s
A rare and very special Vintage CIS Necklace Parure or suite, circa 1960. CIS jewellery was created by Cissy Zoltowska. A highly talented designer and all round fascinating woman, Countess Cissy Zoltowska was born in Austria. She was forced to flee Budapest in 1945, taking refuge in Switzerland where she began making a living making and selling her ceramic jewels and also her buttons and combs. Here she met and married an impoverished Polish Count hence her title. She moved to Paris in 1951 and embarked upon a highly successful career in haute couture costume jewellery. As well as her couture work she also designed more affordable pieces selling in shops across Europe, America and Japan. In 1968 when her haute couture work ceased, she moved to California, selling her work to the likes of Sachs. Like her contemporaries she was a champion of costume jewellery being an art form in its own right and not a poor imitation of fine jewellery. She is famously quoted as remarking ‘I do not like imitations! I eat real sugar, real butter, and drink real Vodka, so I decided to make real fantasy jewellery!’. Cissy designed couture jewellery for Balenciaga for an incredible fourteen years and also Pierre Balmain, Jacques Fath, James Galanos and her jewels were exceptionally highly regarded by the Parisian Haute Couture Houses of the time. Her client list unsurprisingly a who’s who of Parisian society’s elite. She is especially renowned for her signature necklaces, often large, imposing collars or inspired by historical designs and featuring intricate detailing and stone setting. To find a complete parure, where each piece is substantial and including a bracelet (not a brooch) as the third piece, is rare and stand out. Very few of Cissy’s pieces were signed and this parure carries the signature design elements by which her pieces are identifiable. The parure is crafted in Japanned silver tone metal and painstakingly hand set with a myriad of turquoise and clear glass paste stones – each one sitting in Cissy’s signature style mounts. The necklace is designed in an elaborate Girandole style with five pendant style drops, creating a spectacular impact at the neck. The bracelet design is an ornate eight plaque run with a stone set clasp. The earrings beautifully mirroring the pendant style droplets on the necklace. In very good vintage condition, necklace max. 43cms, bracelet 19cms, clip on earrings 5.5cms. Both the necklace and the bracelet feature their original safety chains. This suite is an outstanding example of Parisian Haute Couture jewellery and a beautiful example of the exquisite skill and craftsmanship of one of the leading Paruriers of the time. And even more importantly it looks incredible on, collectively or individually. A perfect piece for the discerning jewellery lover.
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My business has been built with love; a love of discovery, a passion for vintage jewellery and a desire to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience. Sourcing the very best vintage jewellery from across the globe, each piece in my collection has been carefully chosen and curated by me so that I can share its unique story with you. Timeless treasures, selected for their superior design, quality and individuality, I have built a collection like no other. Immersed in the wonderful world of antiques from an early age, timeless vintage jewellery has always had a special place in my heart. Forever fascinated by these intricate pieces of wearable art, I feel incredibly lucky to work in an industry that I love; an industry unlike any other. Choosing a vintage jewel is a deeply personal experience. As well as celebrating the very finest design and craftsmanship from the last century, the perfect jewel should express your unique style, and more importantly, get your heart racing. Sitting at the very heart of the brand, my aim is to offer you an experience as wonderful and individual as the jewels in my collection. By choosing to rewear pieces of art from the last century, we are naturally supporting sustainable fashion. Quite simply, our jewels won’t cost the earth. Lose yourself in our very special vintage collection and fall in love with your perfect jewel.
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Vintage costume jewellery is delicate and requires special care and attention.
To preserve its continued beauty and condition, it is important to keep your item boxed and protected from other jewellery when not being worn and away from liquids including perfume and hairspray. Items are typically most suited to occasional rather than constant wear.
Your order will include our care card suggesting ways to maintain the condition of your jewellery.
We cannot be held liable for any damages incurred after the receipt of products.
Additional Care Tips:
Avoid contact with liquids or humidity including sprays such as water, perfume or hairspray and creams. Exposing jewellery to wet or damp could harm the metal and reduce the life of the plating, as well as cause discolouration and/or loss of stones. Remove jewellery before washing hands, swimming etc.
Store your jewellery in the original packaging or a soft pouch to avoid scratches.
Add your jewellery last when dressing and remove before undressing. Avoid sleeping in your jewellery.
Avoid hard contact (i.e. dropping or knocking against objects) that can cause scratches or chips.
We are always happy to advise on the care specifics of a particular piece you may be considering.
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