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Exclusive: vintage Christian Dior jewellery

Curated by @susancaplan

The statement earrings

‘These earrings are from the Galliano period. Galliano was extravagant and very exuberant in how he designed. There’s a bit of an Edwardian revival going on here, but in a modern way. They’re elegant, flowing and romantic – which is very typical of the Edwardian period – and are so Galliano, they’re ostentatious in a very beautiful way.’

The ruby-red pieces

‘The earrings and necklace here are both from the Gianfranco Ferré period, and they personify femininity. The clip-on earrings feature marquise-cut, ruby-red Swarovski crystals. The striking necklace – designed in 1990 – is also embellished with round-cut clear and emerald-cut ruby Swarovski crystals, and comes with an adjustable chain complete with a lobster clasp closure and CD charm. The necklines of couture creations were a perfect frame for elaborate necklaces like this. When I first saw the pieces, I was completely taken aback. The quality was superb.’

The crystals

‘The earrings in this shot are from when Marc Bohan headed up the house; he’s widely recognised as having revitalised the image of Dior from 1960 to 1989. His pieces – like most of Dior’s jewellery – were inspired by past eras. Exquisitely crafted and beautifully detailed, both the earrings and rings are hand-set with the highest quality Swarovski-crystal stones. They’re highly faceted and the rings are adjustable, too, which is important – anyone can wear them. They’re a nice medium weight, not too flimsy and not too heavy either.’

The brooch

‘This brooch is also very typical of the Edwardian revival that Galliano brought in. The tassels have so much movement, and the mix of round, emerald and baguette-cut crystals are exquisitely shaped – I bought this collection directly from the master modeller of them. He was one of the head manufacturers for Dior – he was a skilled solderer and a master at setting every single crystal by hand.’

Shop the pieces

1990's archive diamond-shape earrings

Christian Dior x Susan Caplan

1990's archive diamond-shape earrings

$898

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