This week’s Vintage Costume Jewelry Love is a 1968 William de Lillo Art Glass Bib Necklace. Oh. My. God. It is stunning, as I love drippy bib necklaces, especially anything de Lillo. As with many of the great Costume Jewelry Designers, de Lillo started out in fine jewelry working for Cartier and Harry Winston.
He then went on to start The House of de Lillo with Robert F. Clark, head designer for Miriam Haskell Jewels. De Lillo jewelry was incredibly detailed and mostly created exclusively for wealthy private clients including the Duchess of Windsor and Elizabeth Taylor. While living in France in the 1970’s, the designers also produced jewelry for Nina Ricci, Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Norman Norell & Chanel.
William de Lillo Red Art Glass Bib Necklace
Fine & impressive vintage William de Lillo bib necklace. Stunning signed gilt metal item features ‘carnelian’ art glass drops and bezel set cabochons. Item features original hidden hook closure. Rare item from the William de Lillo archives. Circa 1968, via 1stdibs