French designer and businesswoman Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel influenced women's fashion post-World War I to evolve into a liberated, sporty look. She is credited for “the little black dress" and for making a suntan fashionable. She grew up in an orphanage where she learned to sew. The nickname “Coco" comes from a brief stint as a singer and entertainer in clubs. She opened her first clothing shop on Paris's Rue Cambon in 1910.
Her signature fragrance, Chanel No. 5, became an iconic product and her influence went beyond the Couture world to include jewelry, handbags, and shoes. She became the first fashion designer listed as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. After she passed away in 1971, designer Karl Lagerfeld took over her company to continue the Chanel name. Today, the Wertheimer family owns her namesake company and generates hundreds of millions in sales each year.
Mademoiselle Chanel designed her own logo, the interlocking CC monogram, that appears today on all of the products. Celebrities like Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Beyoncé often wear the Chanel vintage CC logo earrings. Chanel earrings are presented in collections like the Coco Crush Earrings in a quilted motif and Camélia earrings.
The CC Monogram Chanel earring is from the Fall 1994 Collection in shimmering gold tone with openwork features and clip-on closures. For a more dramatic look, the CC Scalloped Drop Chanel Earring in gold tone in an impressive textured and highly polished finish comes from the pre-fall 1995 collection.
Faux pearls and cut crystals are crafted into designs such as Chanel Pearl and Crystal clip-on earrings in high-polished gold tone.
Chanel earring collections will remain timeless in the world of jewelry designs.