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Antique Sapphire and Pearl Lavaliere, Circa 1900
ABOUT THIS NECKLACE
The lovely lavaliere necklace, famously popular around 1900 and so named for the mistress of Louis XIV, Françoise Louise de La Vallière, is a most charming and ultra-feminine adornment. This one gleams at its center with a .50 carat clear watercolor cornflower-blue sapphire that 'floats' in a fancy frame set with tiny seed pearls and embellished with a trio of dangling natural baroque pearls. Modestly proportioned, it's easy to wear to the office (wherever that might be), with your jeans and t-shirt, or as a low-key fancy piece for a night out on the town. Perfectly pretty and very versatile. The brightly burnished cable chain measures 15 1/2 inches.