Sunny disposition

Antique negligé necklace with citrines & pearls in gold, around 1910

The citrine is a variety of quartz. Its name comes from the French word for lemon, "citron", derived from the yellow coloring of the stone. However, this color is not always lemon yellow: it can range from pale gold to a rich golden brown sherry tone. The citrines in the necklace here exhibit a warm, honey-like color. A large scissor-cut citrine is mounted on a fine gold chain. Below, two more citrine drops swing on two fine bars – so-called knife wires – set with bouton pearls. This shape makes the necklace a so-called lavallière or negligé necklace, a popular type of necklace of the early 20th century. While in the USA, the term "lavallière" was understood to describe all necklaces with pendants on delicate chains, in Europe and especially Germany it referred to this particular form of necklace with two pendants of unequal length. Jewelry history is divided on the origin of the name: either it comes from the actress Ève Lavallière, who is said to have worn such necklaces with preference, or it derives from the Duchess Louise de La Vallière, who liked to tie men's neckties into bows with ends of unequal length. The term negligé necklace, which was also commonly used, alludes to the casual elegance of such an asymmetrical piece of jewelry, as it is derived from the French word for "careless". We were able to discover the necklace in London. With its warm color composition, it is a wonderful accessory for sunny days.

About the color range and localities of citrine, Helen Bridgman wrote in 1915: "The cairngorm, also called smoky quartz, occurs in Scotland, the light yellow in Saxony, and the sherry quartz in Spain. Citrine also occurs abundantly in Brazil". In the 19th century, citrine was also called Scottish or Spanish topaz, depending on the mining area - because topaz is also found in similar golden hues, but is much more expensive. Thus, one does not find many mentions of citrine by name in the old gemstone literature, let alone in jewelry catalogs.

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