Amethyst and Pearl  Edwardian Lavalier

Amethyst and Pearl Edwardian Lavalier

SKU: 1272
£495.00Price

Edwardian Amethyst and Pearl Lavalier 9ct Yellow gold

 

 

THE HISTORY OF THE LAVALIER

 

Lavaliers are believed to have been named after the Duchess Louise de La Vallière, the mistress of French King Louis XIV in the mid 17th Century. Some have erroneously attributed the name lavalier to the French actress Ève Lavallière, who's career spanned the end of the 1800's.  In fact, Lavallière received that stage name because she often would wear that style of necklace.  Although she didn't coin the term, Ève undoubtedly contributed to the lavalier’s renewed popularity at the turn of the 20th Century.  The lavalier stayed popular by evolving in design along with the fashions of the time. 

 

 

In the last vestiges of the Victorian Era (1837-1901), lavalier pendants were sweet and detailed, with floral motifs and delicate seed pearls. In the Art Nouveau (1890-1910) style, lavalier pendants had elongated, feminine lines, with curves that mimicked the forms found in nature.  Enameled leaf motifs and natural pearls were common.  As fashion transitioned into the architectural opulence of the Art Deco era (1920-1939), the lavalier followed suit, with a more geometric symmetry and diamond encrusted designs.  This coincided with the Golden Age of Hollywood, and actresses often wore lavalier necklaces that were perfectly suited to the plunging necklines of their silk gowns.  This period marked the height of the lavalier's popularity, however modern jewelry designers continue to riff on this timeless design.

 

 

 

 

The piece will arrive in a new presentation box

  • Diamond

    None

  • Gemstones / Pearls

    Amethyst 23mm x 9mm Oval ,and 5 mm Round

    Seed Pearls 9x  seed pearls in condition consistent with age

  • Metal

    9ct Yellow Gold Tested

  • Era

    Early 20th Century

  • Finger size

    None

  • Dimensions

    Width of Pendant 22mm

    Drop of Pendant Down to the bottom of the  drop 60mm

  • Condition

    Good

  • Weight

    5.7 grams

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