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Vintage Christian Dior Bal des Oiseaux Earrings by London’s Mitchel Maer 1950s


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Undoubtedly the most influential designer of the mid 20th Century, Christian Dior's jewellery line was as visionary as his couture collections. This rare pair of Vintage Dior Bal des Oiseaux Earrings were created during the early years of the eponymous House with Monsieur Dior at the helm. An exemplary find oozing fascinating history and wearable, magical ear adornments to boot. A well-known anglophile, Christian Dior partnered with Mitchel Maer, a London based jewellery designer, to create Dior's jewellery between 1952 and 1956. Their joint designs proved second to none and often exuded an air of magic and mystique, often depicting birds and animals as subjects; a popular motif of the mid century styles. Maer's standout ingenuity orchestrated some of the best, most adventurous and often mythical pieces of Christian Dior jewellery. His exceptional talents ultimately earning Maer the unparalleled privilege of co-signing pieces, 'Christian Dior by Mitchel Maer'. The relationship was relatively brief however as after a few short years Maer became bankrupt and the partnership with Dior ceased. Given the exquisite nature and provenance of the Maer for Dior pieces, plus the fleeting existence of this design collaboration, many of the Dior Maer pieces are justifiably rare collectors pieces and in hot demand. This earring design is beautifully entitled ‘Bal des Oiseaux’. These Bal des Oiseaux earrings are magical, rare examples of Mitchel Maer's prime work for the House of Dior, dating to 1955-1956 and depicting a delicately modelled, cast bronzed metal bird in flight, settling upon a branch. The branch is curvilinear and set on both sides with pointed oval glass paste leaves that twinkle and catch the light ethereally. The earrings measure approx. 3.3 cm wide, are offered in incredibly good vintage condition and signed Mitchel Maer for Christian Dior on a small plaque. This design is also especially poignant to us here at Jennifer Gibson Jewellery. Jennifer’s personal collection includes the necklace and earrings in this design and these were loaned and exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Dior; Designer of Dreams Exhibition throughout 2019. This suite is now bequeathed to the Museum. You can read about this incredible experience here in Jennifer's Journal. These Vintage Dior Bal des Oiseaux Earrings are an important and rare example of haute couture jewellery, designed and created during Monsieur Dior's lifetime and will not fail to captivate and allure. Original Christian Dior Should you choose to buy from us, we commit to the item being as described. Your vintage costume jewellery will arrive beautifully packaged and presented, helping to preserve your one of a kind piece. Please take a read through our information below and of course, don't hesitate to contact us should you require further assistance.

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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, 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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New to Antique and Vintage jewellery? Please keep in mind that our one of a kind pieces are preloved and preworn. They will inevitably show some signs of gentle wear or normal ageing. Typically, we do not offer pieces with damage or repair detrimental to the wearing of a piece. If damage or repair is evident we will clearly identify this in the description.

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Wherever you live in the world, we deliver. We use reliable service providers to ensure your jewels reach you as quickly as possible within the UK and internationally. These include DHL EXPRESS and the UK’s Royal Mail. We also offset delivery emissions with DHL’s GOGREEN Carbon Neutral service.

We aim to package and dispatch your order within 48 hours upon which you will receive order tracking details and despatch confirmation.

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We accept payment with all major debit and credit cards through our STRIPE, PayPal and Apple Pay secure payment gateways. We also offer Klarna as a payment option should you prefer to spread your payments.

UK Delivery:  
All UK orders are delivered free of charge, with our compliments.

Gift orders may go direct; simply enter the recipients address as the shipping address and we will take care of the rest including a personal note should you wish.

Orders over £150 will be dispatched via Royal Mail Special Delivery Service or DHL Express for next working day delivery. Saturday delivery is by arrangement.

Orders under £150 will be dispatched via Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For Service.

International Delivery: 
We offer international delivery at a complimentary rate of £15. Your order will be dispatched via DHL EXPRESS or the UK’s Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed Service dependent on the destination. 

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Vintage jewellery is extremely delicate and requires special care and attention. Please be aware that vintage jewellery may contain lead or nickel. To preserve its 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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