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Hermès Jewelry

For Hermès, what began as a maker of leather equestrian goods for European noblemen would eventually grow into one of the most storied fashion labels in the world. In 1837, German-born French entrepreneur Thierry Hermès opened a saddle and harness purveyor in Paris. Gradually, the house extended into accessories and luggage for its riders, and today, in paying homage to its origins, the family-run luxury brand resurfaces horse motifs in everything from clothing and modernist jewelry to pillows and handbags.

The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. A tall bag secured with a folded leather flap (fastened with bridle-inspired straps), it was designed to transport riding boots and a harness. As the world made the switch from horse to automobile, the bag adapted, becoming a multifunctional travel satchel instead of a designated saddlebag. Today, 120 years later, the HAC remains in Hermès’s line — and its distinctive flap and clasping straps have laid the groundwork for some of the house’s other iconic bags.

In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law to Émile-Maurice Hermès, Thierry’s grandson) designed a smaller, trapezoidal take on the flap bag with a handle and two side straps. Later, actress Grace Kelly, then engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, is said to have used one of these bags to conceal her pregnancy during the 1950s. Because she was photographed constantly, the coverage catapulted her handbag to international popularity. In 1977, Hermès officially renamed the model for her, and the Kelly bag was born. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.

Robert Dumas was also responsible for another one of the brand’s most iconic offerings: the launch of its first silk scarf on the occasion of Hermès’s 100th anniversary in 1937. Based on a woodblock designed by Dumas and printed on Chinese silk, the accessory was an immediate hit.

Today, vintage Hermès scarves, typically adorned in rich colors and elaborate patterns, serve many functions, just as they did back then. Well-heeled women wear it on their heads, around their necks and, in a genius piece of cross-promotion, tied to the straps of their Hermès bags. Kelly even once used one as a sling for her broken arm.

In 1981, Robert Dumas’s son Jean-Louis Dumas, then Hermès chairman, found himself sitting next to French actress and musician Jane Birkin on a plane, where she was complaining about finding a suitable carryall for the necessary accoutrements of motherhood. After the two travelers were properly introduced, Birkin helped design Jean-Louis’s most famous contribution to the Hermès canon: the Birkin bag, a roomy, square catchall with the HAC’s trademark leather flap top and the addition of a lock and key. Owing to the brand’s legendary commitment to deft, handcrafted construction, the Birkin is an investment that is coveted by collectors everywhere.

While the Kelly and Birkin may be standouts, gracing the arms of everyone from royal heiresses to hip-hop stars in the past few decades, the handbags are but a small part of Hermès’s fashion offerings. Since the 1920s, the brand has produced some of the most desirable leather goods in the world. There’s the Constance bag, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, the recently relaunched 1970s-era Evelyne and, on the vintage market, a slew of designs dating back to the 1920s.

Good design never goes out of style. Find a variety of vintage Hermès handbags, day dresses, shoes and more on 1stDibs.

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Hermès 18 Karat Gold Clothes Pin Keychain
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Whimsical Hermes 18k gold keychain, resembling a clothes pin, with small link chain used for keys and such. Circa 1970s. Hallmarks: Hermes, Paris, French 18k gold assay marks, make...
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1970s Vintage Hermès Jewelry

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18k Gold, Gold

Hermès Kelly Pave Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Cufflinks
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Jewelry

Hermes Paris Sterling Silver Kelly Bag Pill Box Charm Pendant
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Fine sterling silver pill box in the likeness of an Hermes Kelly bag, by Hermes. The box can be used in a multitude of ways: as a standard pillbox, a pendant, or as a charm. Almost...
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Late 20th Century Hermès Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Hermès Paris Sterling Silver Bolide Bag Pill Box Charm Pendant
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Fine sterling silver pill box in the likeness of an Hermes Bolide bag, by Hermes. The box can be used in a multitude of ways: as a standard pillbox, a pendant, or as a charm. Almos...
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Late 20th Century Hermès Jewelry

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Hermès Diamond 18k White Gold Band Ring
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Hermès Jewelry

Hermes Collier de Chien Red Enamel 18k Gold Ring
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Fine 18k yellow gold ring with rich red enamel by Hermes. From the Collier de Chien collection. Size 52. Hallmarks: Hermes, 750, reference numbers, maker's mark, French 18K gold ass...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Hermès Jewelry

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Hermes Le Havre 18 Karat Gold Ellipse Shaped Cufflinks
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
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Late 20th Century Hermès Jewelry

Hermès Paris Chaine D'Ancre Toggle Link 18 Karat Yellow Gold Wristwatch
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Fine and unusual 18K yellow gold toggle link bracelet watch from the "Chaine D'Ancre" collection by Hermes. Features a mother-of-pearl dial and a quartz movement. Beautifully made wi...
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Late 20th Century Hermès Jewelry

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Hermès Vendome Large GM Chaine D'Ancre Tresse Gold Toggle Link Bracelet
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Located in New York, NY
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Hermès Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Hermès Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Hermès furniture collection there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 8 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Hermès' original furniture was created in the Romantic style in Europe during the 20th century. Prices for Hermès furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $145 and tops out at $2,899, while pieces like these can sell for $815 on average..

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Questions About Hermès Jewelry
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 15, 2020

    There are a few easy things to keep in mind when trying to spot a fake Hermès Lindy bag. Because all Hermès bags are handmade, stitching is a good metric to use (spotting a fake Birkin bag calls for the same careful inspection). Each bag is hand-sewn according to Hermès’s celebrated saddle-stitching technique, so while the sew lines will have some inconsistencies, the work will not be messy, and there won’t be any stitches that are out of place or out of line.

    Hardware on authentic Hermès bags is always made of a genuine precious metal — locks, keys, studs, and other pieces of hardware are usually made of brass that is hand-polished and plated with fine gold, palladium or permabrass. This metal will feel heavy and substantial, and it will not tarnish.

    Did you find an “authenticity card” tucked inside your Hermès Lindy bag? You shouldn’t have — Hermès doesn’t accompany its bags with any card like this.

    On a fake Hermès Lindy bag, the Hermès logo will look irregular, with oversized or blocky text. An authentic Hermès bag has a label stamp — with clear lettering that is lightly pressed into the bag’s leather — that reads “Hermès Paris Made in France.” If your bag has an uneven or crooked label, you may have a fake Hermès Lindy bag.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 29, 2020

    No, vintage Hermès Constance bags do not have serial numbers. 

  • Chicjoy
    ChicjoySeptember 24, 2020

    The Constance can be worn crossbody, or with the strap doubled as a shoulder bag.

  • Chicjoy
    ChicjoySeptember 24, 2020

    Select Hermes goods go on sale twice a year in Paris, but Birkins – being highly coveted–are not known to be found at the sale. 

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 29, 2020

    On the front of your Hermès Constance bag, the metal “H” doubles as both an insignia for the high fashion goods manufacturer and a clasp to keep your bag snapped shut. To open your Hermès Constance handbag, grab the metal “H” — position your fingers directly around the horizontal middle bar of the letter, so that your fingers are curled underneath it, and pull out toward you. The key to opening the clasp without scratching the accessory’s leather is to pull only at the horizontal bar. The bag opens and closes with the help of a spring-loaded mechanism that is concealed on each of the bar’s ends fixed to the flap.