Those French folks sure were fancy back in the day. All flourishes and swirls. Like this Art Nouveau Lavalier pendant. Different stones to represent different meanings in nature (not to mention the colors of the French flag). Lots of flourish and swooping. It would have been all the rage back around the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.
What we love about it: A lavalier (or lavaliere or lavallière) is a necklace named after Louise Françoise de La Baume Le Blanc, duchesse de La Vallière (1644-1710), mistress of Louis XIV. A very popular design around 1900.
The deets: It’s crafted in 10kt yellow gold and the ruby and sapphire were listed as synthetic (we’re not convinced of this, but our appraiser has yet to look at it. We’ll update the listing once she does.), while the freshwater pearl drop is natural. The pendant is 0.7dwt, inclusive of the stones and hangs from a 16″ yellow gold filled open-link chain. With the chain and pendant together, the total length is approximately 18.5″ long.
We can’t promise that she’ll have you speaking French any time soon. But you may have someone offer to buy you a Nescafé and a croissant.