Frank Hess Multicolor Gripoix Glass Brooch

Frank Hess Multicolor Gripoix Glass Brooch

The hand-poured 'Gripoix' glass technique was first produced in 1869 in Paris, and it truly enhanced costume jewelry and took these pieces to the next level! The process required that pate de verre (glass paste) be melted and poured directly into moulds, which made all the difference. With this new ingenious technique, the beads were purer in color, transparency and shine, they could be made faster, and there was more room for creativity!

Because gripoix glass could be used for simulating gemstones, it saw a height of production and consumption in the 1920s during the Art Deco era and became extremely popular. Many iconic brands started incorporating Gripoix glass in their jewelry, and Miriam Haskell was no exception. This brooch was designed around the 1930s by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell. Hess was a window dresser for Macy's, and in 1926 he partnered with Miriam Haskell, where his keen eye earned him a position as head designer until the 1960s. The brooch features multicolor gripoix glass beads, some wired to the top over the sprouting leafs, and some dangling from multiple belcher-style chains. Its whimsical design boasts great movement, and it is complete with a secure hinged pinback. 

  • Measurements: 2 and 1/2 inches wide by 4 and a 1/2 inches long

This fabulous brooch is ready to grace all your garments!

Inventory # P13702

Regular price $385.00 USD Sale