Casual elegance

Delicate Negligé Necklace With Diamonds In Gold & Silver, Circa 1910

Negligé necklace, lavallière - behind both terms stands the same necklace. Jewelry history is divided on the origin of the second name: either it comes from the actress Ève Lavallière, who loved to wear such necklaces, 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 negligee necklace, on the other hand, alludes to the casual elegance of such an asymmetrical piece of jewelry, as it derives from the French word for "careless". This necklace is designed with casual elegance, but not at all carelessly. The two pendants of slightly unequal length are each set with an old-cut diamond of about 0.20 ct, its suspension articulated, thus catching and reflecting the light. Smaller diamonds lead to the bars, and three more diamonds surrounded by a shadow gap form the pendant's base. The diamonds shine especially brightly due to the period-typical overlay of silver on the solid gold pendant. A chain, also crafted in silver, with a gold box clasp completes the design. Creations of this kind, delicate and articulated rather than heavy and rigid, enjoyed particular popularity in the early 20th century. With their ethereal lightness, they captured the attitude of the late Belle Époque - those last, carefree years before the First World War that were focused on beauty.

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