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Vintage Dress Clip Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille


Vintage Dress Clip Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille


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This necklace features a vintage dress clip, circa 1930, converted into a pendant on a handwoven bronze chain.  The focal pendant has taille d'epargne enamel, a multi-layer design with paste stones, and a scrolling foliate etched design.  There are traces of its original gilded finish and the clip is worn in places to reveal the silver-toned metal beneath.  


  • necklace is 20" long
  • pendant is 3/4" wide and 2" long


  • bronze hook clasp in the shape of a snake
  • brass chainmaille
  • vintage metal and paste dress clip

Origin Story

Dress and fur clips debuted in the 1920's, when costume jewelry first gained popularity. It is said Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less expensive costume jewelry as art, instead of wearing fine jewelry as a symbol of status and wealth.  When first introduced, dress clips were worn in pairs, often worn opposite one another on the neckline or straps of a dress.  Popularity wanted in the 1950's, when brooches became a more desirable personal ornament.  Today, you'll occasionally see vintage clips attached to the dresses, sweaters, handbags and scarves of trend-setting celebrities.