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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. The term “lavalier” refers to a necklace or pendant that finishes in a single stone dangling from the base, often a pearl or diamond. In pendant form, the lavalier often has delicate work, sometimes with feminine and floral motifs.

Lavaliers were simple yer elegant, dancing with the movement of the wearer. This beautiful example features not one, but two dangling pearls and accents from a center circle that is detailed with enamel. Additionally, we witness a small diamond in a buttercup setting. Paired perfectly with a 13" barrel clasp chain, this is the deal of the century! 

Materials and Features: 14k gold on the pendant, 10k gold on the chain, enamel, diamond, pearl

Age/Origin: Victorian, American, c. 1870

Measurements: 13" length on the chain

Condition: Excellent condition. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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