This is a diamond and emerald lavaliere from 1930 (a wonderful year for jewelry).
I love a lavaliere necklace – so elegant and delicate. This one is particularly pretty, I think, with the way the emerald is framed. The chain is also very intricate and beautiful, and the clasp detail is stunning. The stones are also no joke, despite how delicate it is: the emerald is 6 carats and the diamonds total 10.5 carats.
You could dress this up or down. I can see it going out to dinner with a silk blouse and nice jeans or down a red carpet above a cobalt blue sweetheart neckline. Really, I’d be perfectly happy to wear it around my house with my bathrobe. It’s beautiful.
This piece is going to be part of Sotheby’s Important Jewels Sale in New York on 20 September 2012 – click here for the listing. All information and photos of this piece are thanks to Sotheby’s.
Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Lavallière, Circa 1930.
Set with an emerald-cut emerald weighing approximately 6.00 carats, the floral drops, openwork chain and clasp set with numerous old European-cut diamonds and one baguette diamond, together weighing approximately 10.25 carats, further accented by numerous single-cut diamonds, length 16 inches, one diamond missing.