Lavaliers are traditionally given as "Sweetheart" presents. They are named for the type of pendant popularized by the Duchesse de la Vallière, a mistress of King Louis XIV of France. This particular lavalier is crafted in 9k gold and features Sapphire and and a tiny, baroque freshwater pearl dangling at the bottom.
This lavalier's dimensions are approximately 2 inches by 1 inch, from the bale (the top loop) to the bottom of the pearl. It is in very good condition for its age. There are no bends or deformations in this delicate piece.
This is a wonderful necklace, so delicate and feminine. The curling lines add a wonderful femininity to it, as it is a finely crafted piece in excellent condition. This lavalier is Victorian, in an Art Nouveau design. It will look beautiful on either a ribbon or a fine gold chain. It would make a lovely addition to a collection of antique jewelry, and a superb gift for someone who appreciates jewelry with a history and a "soul."
Please remember that vintage and antique items have years of use and, therefore, are never in the same condition as an item you buy new. Any imperfections add to the allure of the history that accompanies the piece. You can almost imagine the life that surrounded it in the past. Please examine the pictures to ensure you're confident of what you are buying.
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