Amethyst Lavalier & 9ct Yellow Gold Necklace
A Strikiking Edwardian Amethyst Lavalier including a Modern 18 Inch Chain in 9ct Yellow Gold
The piece will arrive in a new presentation box
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.
Amethyst 9mm x 7mm Oval, 8mm x 5mm Pear Shape
9ct Yellow Gold
Early 20th Century
Width of Pendant 26mm, Length of Pendant 50mm
Chain 18 inch , modern day