French Belle Epoque Platinum & Diamond Lavaliere Necklace


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A stunning platinum lavaliere and rose cut diamond necklace from the Belle Epoque (Edwardian period). The platinum chain transitions at the middle to rows of rose cut diamonds in millgrained platinum collets separated by knife-edge spackers that meet in a matching inverted pear-shaped plaque set with a large pear-shaped rose cut diamond. A second smaller diamond below exaggerates the pear-shaped motif. The plaque in turn suspends a rose of individually-hinged rose cut diamonds before terminating in another large round diamond enhanced with a halo of smaller diamonds. The diamonds have excellent clarity for rose cuts and have a bright white sparkle in daylight and warmth in dimmer lighting. The necklace is stamped in multiple placed with French platinum marks. The necklace is presented in its original fitted blue leather box lined in blue velvet and cream silk. Delicate necklaces suspending small pendants came into fashion in the 17th century and were named after Louis XIV’s last mistress la Comtesse Louise de la Vallière.

• Origin: France, ca 1915
• Condition: excellent; the spring ring clasp is silver; binding tape repair to box hinge
• Dimensions: 15-7/8” long; 1-15-32” drop length
• Weight: 7.5 grams
• Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.53 carats (the face-up appearance of the stones is close to 3 carats)

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