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Chanel Enamel - Daisy Brooch
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France, this unique pre-owned Chanel Daisy Brooch from 2017 is an added touch to your eveningwear with a practical pin attachment for ease of use. Its daisy-shaped multico...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brooches

Chanel Enamel Heart and CC Charms Dangle Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
This pre-owned collector item from the house of Chanel is part of the 2006 Spring / Summer collection. It is crafted from gold-tone metal. The chain holds 2x Heart shape dangling pe...
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Early 2000s Pendant Necklaces

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Enamel

Chanel Vintage Quilted Enamel Minaudière Micro Mini Gala Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Quilted black Chanel enamel minaudière with hidden interwoven wrist chain and cc logo name plate 2001 {VINTAGE 20 Years} Black lambskin interior lining Antique silver hardware Snap ...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel White Enamel and Pearl Maltese Cross Pin
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel White Enamel and Pearl Maltese Cross Pin is in very good condition from the Spring 2001 collection. White enamel and faux pearls set in gold tone metal. May b...
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Early 2000s Brooches

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Enamel

Chanel Cream Enamel Camellia Earrings
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel cruise 2013 cream enamel camellia pierced earrings with cc logo drop, L 1"
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2010s Clip-on Earrings

Chanel Pearl and Enamel Pendant
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel pendant necklace with cruciform pendant on hand wire wrapped pearls. Classic Chanel tones of beige, ivory and black. Enamel pendant with black and ivory faux pearls of differ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Drop Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

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W 2 in. D 2.75 in. L 21 in.
Chanel Vintage Enamel and Pearl Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Vintage Enamel and Pearl Necklace in very good condition. pearl and gunmetal beads on silver chain with enamel stone accents and crystal details. Can be worn doubled or triple...
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Early 2000s Chain Necklaces

CoCo Chanel Glass Enamel Flower Belt
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
CoCo Chanel massive deep ruby, emerald pate de verre and crystal flower belt. One of CoCo Chanels self re inventions, refering back to her signature Fleur Emaille flower necklaces an...
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Vintage 1960s More Jewelry

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Gilt Metal

Chanel CC Logo Black Enamel Long Pearl Necklace in Gilt Gold
By Chanel
Located in Banbury, GB
CHANEL yellow gilt metal chain link necklace featuring one CC logo long necklace. Dandelion Antiques Code AT-0928 Brand Chanel Model ...
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2010s Beaded Necklaces

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Pearl, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Vintage Massive CHANEL Logo Enamel Flower Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Massive CHANEL Logo Enamel Flower Earrings Measurements: Height: 2.30 inches (5.85 cm) Width: 2.30 inches (5.85 cm) Weight per Earring: 29 grams Features: - 100% Authentic ...
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

Chanel Large Black Cross Earrings c2011 Clip On Green Enamel CC Logo Gothic
By Chanel
Located in Torrance, CA
Pre-owned Chanel large black cross earrings (circa 2011). The earrings feature the CC logo set upon the large black enameled cross earrings. The earrings are fitted with clip on bac...
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2010s Gothic Revival Clip-on Earrings

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Enamel

Chanel Lucky Symbols Charm Bracelet Metal with Enamel Jewelry
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
From 2014 Total length-22 cm Very good condition. No original packaging.
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2010s Charm Bracelets

New Chanel Gold Pearl Enamel CC Logo Charm Bracelet
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel light gold, pearl and enamel charm bracelet autumn 07 L 8”, original pouch
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2010s Charm Bracelets

Chanel Black Enamel and Pearl Camellia Double Chain Belt
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Enamel and Pearl Camellia Double Belt- Excellent Condition Black leather and gold chain intertwined belt is doubled with camellia flower anchors. Black enamel and faux ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belts

Chanel Coral & Cream Enamel CC Cocktail Ring Size EU 55
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This cocktail ring from Chanel is sure to brighten your heart. The ring is crafted from gold-tone metal and beautifully set with enamel-filled pearl embellishments and the iconic CC ...
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2010s Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Vintage Chanel Deep Purple Enamel CC Logo Bomb Earrings 2007
By Chanel
Located in Wilmslow, GB
Divine Vintage Chanel Purple Bomb Earrings. Crafted with brushed antiqued gold plated metal, glass enamel and glass crystals. The top and drop is of solid construction and the overal...
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Early 2000s Clip-on Earrings

Pair of Chanel White Enamel Camillia Earlips Clip On Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Bangkok, TH
Pair of Chanel Camillia earclips in white enamel coating. Stamped Chanel 02P, made in France. Measures approximately 2.8 cm. Clip on style. Come with box. Condition: Excellent condi...
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Early 2000s Clip-on Earrings

Vintage 1995 CHANEL Logo Double Disc Black and White Enamel Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage 1995 CHANEL Logo Double Disc Black and White Enamel Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.34 inches (3.4 cm) Width: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm) Weight per Earring: 11 grams Features: - 1...
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

Chanel Silver Leather Enamel Embellished Toe Ring Flat Sandals Size 36
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
All of the creations from Chanel are designed in such a way that people will halt and stare. These silver sandals have been crafted from leather and styled with straps and quilted in...
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2010s Sandals

CHANEL CC Black Metal Enamel Gold Hardware Fabric Large Choker Evening Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2008 Collection Metal Enamel Gold Tone Hardware Fabric Chain Length 15.5" Charm Measures 4.25" W x 3.25" H Includes Dust Bag and Box 100% Authenticit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Choker Necklaces

Chanel Bag with Classic Flap Crossbody Rare Enamel Top Handle Black Lambskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Enamel Top Handle Classic Flap Bag Crossbody Same collection (larger size, different color) as seen on Kate Middleton. Very rare limited edition piece. Year 2015 Ma...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

CHANEL NEW CC Gold Metal Black Enamel Square Evening Stud Earrings in Box
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
New Condition From 2021 Collection Metal Gold Tone Diameter 0.75" Includes Pouch and Box 100% Authenticity Guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Stud Earrings

CHANEL Gingko Leaves Ring in Ruthenium Metal and Green Enamel Size 52FR
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Imposing and splendid CHANEL ring in ruthenium metal with green enamel on the leaves. Pattern: Gingko leaves Size 52 FR - US 6 Delivered in a Valois Vintage Paris Dustbag
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2010s Fashion Rings

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Base Metal

CHANEL Recent black red wool boucle CC enamel button front sleeveless dress Fr36
By Chanel
Located in Hong Kong, NT
CHANEL Recent black red wool boucle CC enamel button front sleeveless dress Fr36 Reference: TGAS/B00154 Brand: Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Material: Wool Color: Black Pattern: So...
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

Chanel Logo Coin Medallion Cruciform Brooch
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel large square shaped cruciform pendant-brooch composed of ruby, emerald, and pearl square cabochons. The center being a signature "Chanel" coin medallion.<br /> 3" x 3"<br />...
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Vintage 1980s Byzantine Brooches

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Renaissance Style Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Gripoix for Chanel classic Renaissance style earrings with ruby and emerald poured glass enamel and handmade faux baroque pearl. Set in gilt hand hammered bronze. Clip back f...
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1990s Renaissance Dangle Earrings

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Extraordinary Chanel Moghul Glass Bib : Workshop; Gripoix
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Fine and rare ruby pate de verre floral bib by Maison Gripoix for Chanel. Each flower on this bib has completely hand forged metalwork which forms the frames into which the molte...
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Vintage 1950s More Necklaces

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Byzantine Cruciform Cuff Bracelet
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Rare, enormous Maison Gripoix for Chanel Byzantine Cruciform cuff bracelet. The symmetrical squared oversized cruciform cuff is composed of ruby, emerald, amythest and citrine poured...
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1990s Byzantine Cuff Bracelets

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Black Plexiglass & Enamel Paris-Shanghai China Doll Minaudiere
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Meticulously crafted in Italy from black resin, this Limited edition, pre-owned Chanel Doll bag from the Pre-Fall 2012 Métiers d'Art Collection features silver-tone and gunmetal hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Glass Enamel Flower Necklace
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Magnificent Chanel poured glass enamel flower necklace. Made by Maison Gripoix of opaline and opal blue glass camellias and camellia buds . Further embellished with pale emerald pour...
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Vintage 1950s Drop Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Mattioli Puzzle Collection 18 Karat Rose Gold, Pink Enamel Chanel Necklace
By Mattioli
Located in Bilbao, ES
Mattioli Puzzle Collection 18 Karat Rose Gold, Pink Enamel Chanel Necklace Gold Weight 31gr READY TO SHIP *Shipment of this piece is not affected by COVID-19. Orders welcome! Joyf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Chain Necklaces

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18k Gold, Rose Gold, Enamel

Chanel Byzantine Crest Brooch
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel byzantine style crest brooch by Maison Gripoix. Poured glass emerald and ruby oval and heart shape cabochons are mixed with faceted cut topaz stones. Also has pendant hook fit...
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Vintage 1980s Byzantine Brooches

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Chanel Iconic Signature Crest Cuff
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel ivory resin cuff bracelet by Karl Lagerfeld, inspired by the original Maltese Cross Cuffs that Verdura designed for Chanel in the 1930s decorated with a ruby, emerald and sapp...
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1990s Byzantine Cuff Bracelets

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Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Chanel Maison Gripoix Floral Cuff Bracelet
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel hand hammered gilt bronze floral cuff bracelet by Maison Gripoix, Paris. The central floral motif of baroque metal petals with center of ruby jelly molded poured glass enamel ...
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1990s Baroque Cuff Bracelets

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Chanel Maison Gripoix Flower Cluster Brooch
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Lovely Chanel Maison Gripoix multi flower, multi layered brooch. Of jewel tone hand poured glass enamel set in gold plated bronze metal with crystal rhinestone accents. Excellent Con...
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1990s Romantic Brooches

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Chanel Maison Gripoix Renaissance Link Bracelet
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel early Maison Gripoix Renaissance style link bracelet. Composed of flexible multilinks of faux baroque pearl cabocheons, faceted rectangular crystal, and Gripoix poured glass ...
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Vintage 1970s Renaissance Link Bracelets

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Gold, Gold Plate, Bronze, Copper, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Chanel Dog Tooth Pearl Flower Brooch
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel's sapphire poured glass, paste and dog tooth pearl brooch. The central motif, very classic in the Chanel iconography is mounted atop triangular hand made tooth pearls. Chanel ...
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Vintage 1950s Renaissance Brooches

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Silver Plate, Bronze, Enamel

Rare Chanel 1938 Revival Flower Parure
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Rare and important Chanel Maison Gripoix Flower Parure referred to as "Bijoux de Fleurs" when first shown in in 1938 and illustrated in Harpers Bazaar in the same year. Our example w...
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1990s Revival Drop Necklaces

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Chanel Maison Gripoix Romantic Flower Ear Clips
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel Maison Gripoix romantic flower ear clips of sapphire and pale emerald poured glass enamel. Set in gilt bronze with handmade Gripoix glass teardrop pearl and crystal rhinestone...
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1990s Romantic Drop Earrings

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Gilt Metal, Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel

Exceptional Maison Gripoix for Chanel Regency Brooch
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Rare and massive Maison Gripoix for Chanel long Regency style pendant brooch. Composed of five articulated stations of gilt plated bronze each in a neoclassical design. The brooch ...
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Vintage 1950s Regency Brooches

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Flowerhead Ear Clips
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Signature Hand made Maison Gripoix for Chanel Haute Couture Tudor Rose flower head ear clips. Of ruby and emerald poured glass enamel with handmade nacred baroque teardrop pearls. Un...
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1990s Rococo Drop Earrings

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix Chanel Emerald Camelia Ear Clips
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel by Maison Gripoix pale emerald green signature poured glass enamel and faux pearl nacre cabochon Camelia ear clips. Settings of hand made gilt bronze wire work. 1990's France...
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1990s Romantic Clip-on Earrings

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Chanel Maison Gripoix Poured Glass Double Flower Necklace
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel necklace with crystal poured glass double flower motif on hand knotted 20 mm high quality Maison Gripoix handmade oyster toned faux pearls. Length: 16", pearl size 20 x 15 m...
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1990s Beaded Necklaces

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Rare Chanel Byzantine Cross with Ruby Bead Surround
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Massive, rare Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Byzantine Cross with ruby handmade bead surround. Composed of topaz, emerald, pale amythest, crystal and sapphire Gripoix poured glass enamel ...
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1990s Brooches

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Gold Plate, Enamel, Gilt Metal, Bronze

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Long Ornate Byzantine Chain
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Completely handmade Maison Gripoix for Chanel long elaborate Byzantine link chain of gold plated bronze flexible chain accented with dozens of emerald and pale sapphire Gripoix poure...
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Vintage 1950s Byzantine Chain Necklaces

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Multicolored Poured Glass Sautoir
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Gripoix for Chanel pastille drop long necklace of deep ruby, emerald and amythest oval hand made stations in signature Gripoix poured glass enamel. Sautoir is handmade of fine...
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1990s Link Necklaces

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Gilt Metal, Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Baroque Haute Couture Earclips
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Gripoix for Chanel Haute Couture Collector quality ear clips. Of deep jade and coral pate de verre cabochons and curved tubular beads (similar to ones used on her Seguso glass...
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Vintage 1980s Baroque Drop Earrings

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Ruby Poured Glass Sautoir
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Gripoix for Chanel pastille drop long necklace of deep ruby oval hand made stations in signature poured glass enamel. Sautoir is handmade and designed to be layered and wrappe...
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1990s Artisan Link Necklaces

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Gilt Metal, Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Checkered Tweed Patterned Earclips
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Rare intricate Maison Gripoix masterpiece earrings for Chanel Haute Couture, checked to imitate tweed in patterned poured glass. Of a handmade gilt plate bronze grid, with ruby and d...
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1990s Artisan Drop Earrings

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Chanel Ruby Pate de Verre Bow Earrings, Gripoix
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel Ruby Pate de Verre Bow Earrings by Maison Gripoix. Beautiful Baroque configuration with large pear shaped pearls capped with ruby poured glass caps. 2.5" x 1.25". Clip back f...
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1990s Drop Earrings

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Gilt Metal, Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel

Maison Gripoix for CoCo Chanel Early Camellia Brooch
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Early Maison Gripoix for CoCo Chanel 1950s camellia brooch. Of pale ruby and deep emerald Gripoix poured glass enamel in a gilt plated bronze handmade setting. Further accented with ...
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Vintage 1950s Romantic Brooches

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Camellia Drop Pearl Earclips
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Lovely Chanel signature Camellia ear clips in deep rose quartz and pale emerald poured glass with large handmade faux pearl drop, made by Maison Gripoix. Handmade in the Gripoix stud...
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1990s Romantic Drop Earrings

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Gilt Metal, Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Moughal Multi Strand Necklace
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Gripoix for Chanel multi strand necklace with matching poured glass clasp with faux pearl , amythest, jade.emerald ,and rose quartz pate de verre handmade beads. France 193...
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Vintage 1930s Anglo-Indian Beaded Necklaces

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Renaissance Cross 1992 Autumn/Winter
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Gripoix for Chanel Renaissance cross pendant brooch from 1992 Autumn/Winter. Of ruby and emerald poured glass enamel round and rectangular cabochons. Set in gilded bronze with...
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1990s Renaissance Brooches

Materials

Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Coco Chanel Lapis Blue Poured Glass Camelia Sprig Brooch
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel's poured glass Camelia brooch circa 1960's by Maison Gripoix. Bright lapis blue poured glass emamel petals with faux pearl, ruby strass center and emerald green glass leaves...
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Vintage 1960s Romantic Brooches

Materials

Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Vintage MaisonGripoix for Chanel Emerald and Ruby Drop Earclips
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Attractive vintage Gripoix for Chanel Medieval Emerald and Ruby Drop Earclips from the 1950's. 4 quadrants of hand poured emerald glass are highlighted with crystal pastes with 3 fa...
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Vintage 1950s Medieval Dangle Earrings

Materials

Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Large Multi Colored Crest Brooch, France
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Massive Multi Colored Byzantine Crest pendant brooch made by Maison Gripoix, France. Poured glass with rhinestone encrustations forming a large crest brooch with a hand made pearl...
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Vintage 1980s Byzantine Brooches

Materials

Gilt Metal, Gold Plate, Enamel

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Large Medieval Trefoil Poured Glass Earclips
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Gripoix for Chanel medieval inspired trefoil large earclips with poured glass enamel cabochons in ruby, emerald ,and sapphire. Elegant and timeless. 1980's France. Exc...
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Vintage 1980s Renaissance Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Gilt Metal, Gold Plate, Enamel

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Amythest, Ruby, Emerald Poured Glass Chain Necklace
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Gripoix for Chanel Medieval amythest, ruby and emerald poured glass enamel chain necklace. The incised oval links centered with alternating poured glass Gripoix cabochons. Hoo...
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Vintage 1980s Medieval Link Necklaces

Materials

Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Maison Gripoix for Chanel Mother of Pearl Lacquer and Pink Glass Earrings
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Handmade Gripoix for Chanel Mother of Pearl lacquer and Pink Glass Earrings from the 1980's. Large flower heads with Mother of pearl nacred petals and central poured glass cabochon. ...
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Gold Plate, Bronze, Enamel, Gilt Metal

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Chanel Enamel For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel enamel you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. If you’re looking for an option in Black and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Beige, Brown and more. If you’re looking for a chanel enamel from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 19th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. An accessory like this designed by Chanel, Maison Gripoix for Chanel and Hermès — each of whom created a beautiful version of this treasured item — is worth considering. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Chanel Enamel?

On average, a chanel enamel on 1stDibs sells for $939, while they’re typically $206 on the low end and $28,379 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

The first Chanel shop was opened in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.

Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.

However, Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed. 

Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. Chanel's collarless jacket reacted against the constricting styles of Christian Dior's New Look, replacing them with a design that was timeless, an instant classic. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.

After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.

Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.