Circa 1900 Diamond Lavaliere, 14k Yellow and Green Gold
This dainty little lavaliere is from the Victorian/Art Nouveau period. It was designed using primarily 14k yellow gold with green gold leaf accents. The lower pendant features a six-petal buttercup setting with slender, elongated prongs which hold a gorgeous little diamond. The diamond is approximately .10ct, very clean and very white. Framing the little flower is a remarkable delicate ribbon of gold filigree with a hand carved green gold leaf in each corner. The upper segment of the pendant continues the foliage motif with another hand carved example in green gold. There is a 14k hallmark on the back of the simple ribbed bale. I think what I love most about this little necklace is it's character: a naturalistic and somewhat whimsical quality that can only be attributed to jewelry that is hand made. It's a beautiful heirloom piece that is easy to wear and would make an excellent gift for an admirer or collector of antique jewelry. The length of the entire pendant including the bale is 1-1/2". The widest measurement of the lower section is 9/16" or just over 1/2". The chain in the photos is not included but is available for purchase. It is 14k, 19" and $85. If you need a chain but don't love this one just let me know! I have others in stock and I'd be happy to match the pendant to one that you prefer.