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If you are looking for vintage Givenchy jewelry, then you have come to the right place. Here you will learn about the history, materials used, jewelry marks, most collectible pieces, and where to buy.

Givenchy drew on both his aristocratic ancestry and artistic forebears to create elegant jewelry that would appeal to women across economic and social lines. His vintage jewelry is not only highly collectible, but the pieces enhance all fashions in all seasons.

Brief History of Givenchy Jewelry

Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was born in 1927 in northern France. He came from a line of Venetian aristocrats on this father’s side: he was a count, his father the Marquise of Givenchy. His maternal side of the family leaned more to artistry. His grandfather dealt in tapestries; his great-grandfather was a set designer for the Paris opera and the performances held at the Elysee Palace.

Hubert moved to Paris at the age of 17 and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, the prestigious School of Fine Arts, that trained many of Frances’s finest painters, including Degas, Delacroix, Ingres, Renoir, Seurat, and Sisley. He interned with popular fashion designers, worked alongside the then-unknown Christian Dior and, in 1947, joined Elsa Schiaparelli’s fashion house, going on to become artistic director. When he was 25 years old, he opened his first boutique that carried his fashions and his jewelry—all high end. His creations were soon being sold in upscale boutiques all around the world.

His jewelry was famous for his use of faux pearls, rhinestones, polished glass and plated metals. Many pieces incorporate the “Double G” logo as part of the design, often on the clasp. The quality, materials and design are impeccable, while more affordable than other fashion designers’ collections. That did not stop the rich and famous from wearing his creations. He is famous for his decades-long friendship with Audrey Hepburn, who was his muse. He also designed for Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren. His most productive years for creating chic jewelry were the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1988, he sold his business to the luxury conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey). He continued designing for seven years, until he retired in 1995. Hubert died in his sleep at his Renaissance chateau near Paris in 2018.

In April 2020, Renaud de Lesque became President and CEO of the Givenchy label. He has quite a pedigree: 8 years as President and CEO, Dior (part of LVMH); 10 years as President, L’Oreal; and Global President of Giorgio Armani.

Jewelry marks 

  • Double “G’s”
  • 4 “G’s” in a square pattern
  • “Hubert de Givenchy”
  • “GIVENCHY”
  • “Givenchy”
  • “GIVENCHY PARIS - NEW YORK”
  • “© Givenchy Paris New York (year)” in an oval cartouche
  • “GIVENCHY (4 G’s) BIJOUX” in circle
Givenchy new york mark

Materials Used

  • Gold
  • Gold-plated brass
  • Gold-tone metal
  • Gold-plated stainless steel
  • Silver
  • Silver-plated metal
  • Pearls
  • Faux pearls
  • Faux opals
  • Zirconia
  • Swarovski crystals
  • Diamante crystals
  • Multi-colored crystals
  • Rhinestones
  • Cabochons
  • Amber
  • Glass
  • Lucite
  • Enamel
  • Wood
Givenchy vintage 1970s gold and enamel pendant necklace from Disco MaryMagdalene on Etsy

Givenchy vintage 1970s gold and enamel pendant necklace from DiscoMaryMagdalene on Etsy


Favorite Collectibles: Vintage Givenchy Jewelry

Byzantine/Etruscan Charm Choker Necklace

Circa 1980s. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a charm necklace before! This gold-tone chunky Moghul chain collar has 8 charms, medallions and teardrops, that include lustrous faux pearls and diamanté crystal rhinestones in an Etruscan Revival design.

Gold Omega Zebra Enamel Necklace & Earrings Set

Circa 1980s. Large plate necklace with cream and black enamel on a thick gold-tone omega chain. Box clasp has the G logos at sides. Matching cream and black enamel clip earrings.

Enamel Earrings

Metallic pink, apple green, tan, peach, and yellow green enamel accented with Swarovski crystals on a gold-tone base. Earrings measure 1 5/8” x 1 1/8”

Lucite Earrings

Circa 1979. Clip-on shell-shaped earrings with green foil backs and cubic zirconia stones.

Gold-toned Link Bracelet

Circa 1980s. Gold-plated articulated link bracelet with fold-over clasp closure.

Most Collectible Givenchy Jewelry Items

  • Vintage Givenchy Torque Necklaces from the 1980s are highly collectible
GIVENCHY Gold Plated Faux Pearl Fashion Earrings from ShimmerTreeVintage on Etsy

GIVENCHY Gold Plated Faux Pearl Fashion Earrings from ShimmerTreeVintage on Etsy


Tips for Buying Vintage Givenchy Jewelry

  • Check the feedback that a seller receives. Also note the way they respond to the comments, concerns or questions.
  • On eBay, be wary of sellers who have been on there less than a year.
  • Outside of eBay, use Google and Facebook to search their email address. You should be able to find some information and verify if they are legitimate. If the email address does not show up, ask if there is some other email address you can check.  
  • Carefully inspect the photos posted by the seller to make sure they are not from other sites. If you are not sure, ask them to send you another photo of the item you are interested in.
  • If a seller is not eager to answer your questions or seems evasive, move on.
  • Do your research. Learn as much as you can about the jewelry, such as the history of the designs and when particular items were made.
  • Extreme wear, chips, scratches and missing parts all lower the value of a piece. Do not buy it simply because it’s by Givenchy.
  • The vintage jewelry you find in consignment shops will cost more than, for example, in thrift stores. The good news is that it is highly likely authentic. Items found at flea markets or yard sales will be considerably less expensive, but you must work harder to make sure the piece is authentic.

Conclusion

We might note here that collecting vintage Givenchy jewelry, or any vintage jewelry, counts toward being kind to our planet. Buying vintage decreases the demand for new items and that means less mining, less air pollution, and fewer manufacturing byproducts.

Have a look on Etsy and on eBay to see some fabulous Givenchy creations.

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  1. Hello, I have several Vintage pieces I would like to ask about. First being a pair of Vintage Givenchy Gold brushed Clip on earrings that are very beautiful. How do I find the era they were made in? How much should I list them at. #2 I have a Cartier Ladies Watch with MOP face. It is authentic and where is the best place to sell my vintage jewelry, first so that it is appreciated by those who love vintage jewelry and secondly to get the best price. I have many more vintage pieces from Trifari, Coro, Weiss, West Germany, Monet,Sarah Coventry, Avon. I haven't listed many pieces for sale because I really want to lust them where they will be appreciated for their timeless beauty. I would appreciate any expertise advise you can share with me. Thank you for your time and consideration to this matter.
    Sincerely,
    Carrie

    1. Hi Carrie, it sounds like you have quite the collection! My favorite place to buy vintage jewelry is Etsy, and it is an excellent platform to sell on if you want to make a hobby or career of it. If you are just wanting to sell a few vintage pieces, try out Worthy.com

  2. I have found a Givenchy necklace that has the markers on it in a thrift store and I cannot find this necklace anywhere is there a possibility you guys might know if it’s a real Givenchy

    1. I would check for quality. Is the necklace made of high-quality materials? Does it has some weight to it? Are the stones set in well if there is any? Is the enamel, if present, thick and not chipping or cracking? Is the signature clear to read and does it match pictures you see in this article?

      A real Givenchy necklace will be high-quality and have excellent craftmanship, along with a clear and clean signature mark.

      I hope that helps!

  3. My friend loves history, and she's looking for ideas on how to style like royalty in the 80s. I love your idea of investing in vintage jewelry that matches the era she likes, and ensuring that the vintage pieces she'll be purchasing are legit. I'll probably keep this in mind and let her know about this so she'd consider it!

  4. Hello,

    I have a Givenchy necklace from an estate sale that is beautiful and quality and signed but I don’t see any marks of what the gold K would be GP or GF. How would I know to list it as a reseller?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Gail, your piece might be gold-plated and not have a karat mark. You could take it to a jeweler and get it tested 🙂

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