NEW YORK — Resi Grosse Mayer, 87, the founder of fashion jewelry firm Grosse Jewels, died Tuesday at her home in Greenwich, Conn.
She died of infirmities of age, according to Steven Bochner, president and chief executive officer of Grosse Jewels, based here.
Mayer, a native of Phorzeim, Germany, moved to the U.S. in 1951 and started Grosse Jewels, the U.S. division of her family’s jewelry firm, Hinkel & Grosse. President of the company, she was responsible for starting a worldwide licensing agreement for a line of fashion jewelry with fashion designer Christian Dior in 1953, which the firm still produces. Mayer retired in 1983.
She is survived by two sons, Edward and Roman, and nine grandchildren. Her husband, Albert Mayer, died two years ago.

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