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.
- Double “G’s”
- 4 “G’s” in a square pattern
- “Hubert de Givenchy”
- “GIVENCHY PARIS - NEW YORK”
- “© Givenchy Paris New York (year)” in an oval cartouche
- “GIVENCHY (4 G’s) BIJOUX” in circle
- Gold-plated brass
- Gold-tone metal
- Gold-plated stainless steel
- Silver-plated metal
- Faux pearls
- Faux opals
- Swarovski crystals
- Diamante crystals
- Multi-colored crystals
Favorite Collectibles: Vintage Givenchy Jewelry
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.
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.
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”
Circa 1979. Clip-on shell-shaped earrings with green foil backs and cubic zirconia stones.
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
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.
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.