If you’ve seen or heard the word Gropoix and weren’t sure what it meant, I’m here to help!

I’ve seen it not only with Chanel jewelry but other vintage pieces and really didn’t have any idea on what it meant so I started doing a little research and found a couple of really great, older articles that gave me a good overview of who is behind the process and how it started.

1980’s Chanel Multicolor Gripoix Earrings ~ Vintage Lux at 1st Dibs

“Gripoix is made from “Pâte de verre,” or glass paste, which is formed when molten glass is poured into a mold”.

The New York Times wrote a great article in 2012 on the history of Gripoix and below is an excerpt:

By the 1920s, the design house, ran by Augustine’s daughter Suzanne Gripoix, had added Jeanne Lanvin, Jean Piguet and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel to their client list. Chanel first approached Gripoix looking for reproductions of Byzantine jewelry: she remained a loyal customer for decades.

Chanel was famous for mixing real and fake pearls in her own necklaces. For her, Suzanne Gripoix developed a special kind of irregular glass pearl to which she gave a mother-of-pearl sheen. Ms. Possémé said, “The place of jewelry changed because women’s lives radically changed. Precious jewelry was no longer suited for a life where women could drive, smoke, shop alone.”

“Women,” she said, “began buying costume jewelry to match their bathing suits, and match their newly liberated daily lives.” Read the full article here

There’s always a story behind vintage goods, like how it’s made or where it came from and that’s the part that I find so interesting about Gripoix. Chanel Gripoix jewelry is not readily found online and the price tag is all over the map but they’re good investment pieces and worth it to own a bit of history.

CHANEL Enamel Gripoix CC Ring

Chanel Vintage Ruby Gripoix Flower Pendant Necklace

Here is another interesting article on Gripoix by The Luxe Chronicles: Gripoix: The Artistry Of Haute Couture Costume Jewelry

Now that you have a better understanding of Gripoix, you’re all set to start shopping these amazing pieces of jewelry!