Every Sunday we’re out searching treasures on the available boot fairs in our region, as now is the time for local markets to thrive. Once in while you stumble on an item you’d never expect to find on a “vide grenier”, a boot fair… Ironically the four-leaf clover is the symbol of good luck, imagine finding one and discovering its value. We stumbled onto a 1980 vintage Yves Saint Laurent Gripoix four-leaf clover heart pin.
Now we’re talking about a timeless classic jewelry, a true collector’s item, an ever lasting investment. It isn’t really my kind of thing, but YSL stands for sophisticated, smart and chic and above all, this pin with its Gripoix, is one of the most collected vintage jewelry items today.
What looks like simple coloured glass, is actually called Gripoix, invented in 1896 by glass maker Augustine Gripoix. She discovered the most sophisticated, but time consuming technique, with a specific manufacturing process for setting and enameling coloured, cast glass in intricate metal mountings. It is made from a glass paste (pate de verre) and formed molten glass is poured into a mold.
All famous designers, leading fashion houses, used Gripoix extensively in their exiting, bold and colourful creations in the 20th century. Costume jewelry was finally considered valuable and beautiful.
Now add this knowledge to the name “Yves Saint Laurent”, being the best-known and most influential couturier of the second half of the 20th century, and we’re talking! Mid 20th – century painters such as Braque, Picasso and Mondrian influenced his work as did the flamboyant fashions of earlier eras. Parisian heavyweight Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion jewellery is emblazoned with shamrock motifs. If you wonder about his imprint and importance on French culture: he was appointed Grand Officer of the Legion d’honneur by French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. YSL was also the man who said:
The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves.
The odds of finding a four-leaf clover have been calculated at 10,000 to 1! So to find one, means you are lucky, and my beautiful find is a rare vintage YSL Gripoix Four leaf Clover Heart Pin in good vintage condition. And let’s be honest, a man who said the following, has to steal our hearts ladies:
Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress, is the woman who is wearing it.
If you want to add this nice pin to your jewelry collection, you’ll soon find it on my shop!