Having a mistress is no new thing. Throughout time wars have been fought, great men have risen and fell, all over the love of a woman, and often not the woman to whom they were wed. King Louis XIV of France had many a mistress, among them the lovely Louise de La Valliére, with whom he fathered 4 children (although only two of them survived infancy). La Valliére loved to wear jeweled pendants necklaces, and made them the fashion of the day throughout the continent, as well as across the channel in England. Hence was born the tradition of English "Lavaliere".
Hand crafted in England around the turn of the century, this gorgeous Lavaliere necklace features three joined ovoid circles of gold which flow into pearl set floral accents, all surrounding a sparkling green peridot at the center. This elegant drop is suspended by a delicate split chain that comes together in a second flower like cluster of pearl and peridot, then continues through to make the equally delicate neck chain. This lovely Edwardian necklace was made c.1900. All hand crafted in a warm 9 karat gold, it is 17.5 inches long and weighs 5.9 grams. This necklace is marked with and English "9ct" mark on the reverse as well as the clasp to indicate it's metal purity.
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