Georgian Pink Topaz Lavaliere, Circa 1840s
ABOUT THIS NECKLACE
Louise Francoise de La Baume Le Blanc, Duchesse de La Valliere (1644-1710), was the mistress of King Louis XIV and the namesake for one of the loveliest styles of jewelry--the lavaliere necklace. This captivating confection, hand fabricated in 18K gold, circa 1840s, gleams with varying shades of resplendent foil-backed precious pink topaz stones, two of them set in a sculptural design of graceful scrolls, while three, set in fancy teardrop settings, dangle prettily below. A rare and ravishing Georgian/early-Victorian confection. Total topaz weight, 3.10 carats. Chain adjusts from 16-18 inches.