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Antique elegant negligee lavalière with diamonds, Germany circa 1910

This necklace of the first years of the last century shines in the cool light of diamonds and fine platinum. It is a so-called negligee lavaliere. This particular form of necklace came into fashion in the years around 1900 and was an allusion to a piece of jewelry that belonged to the then famous French actress Ève Lavallière. This necklace consisted - as did all subsequent "Lavalières" - of a chain with two gem-set pendulums of different lengths. Eve Lavallière made her debut in 1891 at the Théâtre des Variétés in Paris. Before that she had worked in a hat factory where she had the task of tying bows. These bows are called "lavallières" in French and they were the inspiration for the stage name of the actress who was actually called Eve Ferroglio. The different lengths of the lavalère's pendulums are thus actually reminiscent of the hanging ribbons of a bow. On a chain of platinum-plated silver, our example features a permanently mounted pendant of platinum-plated gold adorned with 15 sparkling diamonds in historic cuts. Particularly beautiful are the two large stones at the ends of the moving pendulum with a total weight of 0.40 ct. Due to the special cut of the old cut, the fire of the stones is also very special: it is softer and richer and glows in warmer tones. The platinum surfaces complement this cool white colour tone, which shows off the stones to their best advantage and unites all the elements of the design.

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