A 'lavalier', 'lavaliere'or 'lavalliere' is an item of jewellery consisting of a pendant, sometimes with one stone, pendulous and centered from a necklace.
The style was popularised by the Duchesse de la Vallliere a mistress of King Louis XIV of France. A lavaliere can be recognised most for its drop, usually consisting of a stone and/or a chandelier pendant, which is attached directly to the chain, not by a bale.
She may be around 120 years old but this beauty is so current and wearable today.
Elegantly styled as a double drop lavaliere and set with a central multi-claw set oval natural faceted Amethyst measuring approximately 11mm x 9mm or 2.50cts. Suspended below on knife edge bars are two of the most beautiful pear-cut Amethysts we have seen of medium purple hue and each measuring approximately 14mm x 10mm or 3.20cts each. Set between these two gorgeous Amethyst drops is a further round faceted small Amethyst also set to a knife edge bar.
Delicately accented with tiny seed half Pearls throughout.
Crafted from 9ct rose gold in the first decade of the 20th century and in a mix of Edwardian and Art Nouveau styles this substantial lavaliere looks incredibly on the décolletage.
1 @ approx 2.50ct
2 @ approx 3.20ct each
1 @ approx 0.20ct
Natural half seed Pearl
41cm neck circumference
Total drop from top bar to end of pear-cut is 7cm
Width at widest point is 5cm
Very very good antique condition. Some very very minor softening to oval Amethyst facet junctions, nothing significant, two miniscule nicks to girdle under two claws not visible to the naked eye. Pearl cuts are lovely, no chips or abrasions. No missing claws. All Pearls original. No repairs.
Lovely original lavaliere.