Named after the Duchess Louise de La Vallière, a mistress of French King Louis XIV, lavalier necklaces have been loved and sought after for centuries.
Sleek and sensual, these finely crafted pendants often culminate with a singe pearl or a glistening gemstone drop -- reminiscent of a tear running off the cheek, or a drop of dew on the tip of a leaf.
This wonderfully curvaceous Art Nouveau era pendant is finely crafted in 14k yellow and bloomed gold with lovely leaf detailing. It hangs from a new, gold filled chain.
Mounted in the center of the pendant is a perfectly peachy piece of angel skin coral with another petite, more reddish coral piece mounted below. Dangling from the bottom of the pendant is a striking teardrop shaped piece of coral in yet another rich peachy tone.
The color variations in the coral really give this necklace depth and truly make the details standout.
One of the oldest materials used in the creation of jewelry, coral has been a prized gemstone for more than 25,000 years.
Many ancient civilizations as well as members of Victorian and Edwardian society believed that coral had amulet powers to promote good health and to protect a person from danger or magic spells.
While we can't guarantee that this piece will offer any sort of protection, we do feel certain that it definitely has the power to turn heads in admiration.
Date: 1900s Materials: 14k gold, angel skin coral Measurements: Pendant: 1 1/2" x 5/8" Chain: 18" Markings: Pendant is marked 14k Condition: Very Good Teardrop piece has a small chip at the top and the gold pin has been glued in during a previous repair. Any wear or discoloration to the gold in the photos (particularly of the back) is just a reflection and is not on the actual piece itself.