Best Things In Life: Edwardian Citrine Lavalier Necklace

This is one of my prettiest possessions — a 9k gold Lavalier pendant. A lavalier or lavaliere is a pendant with a dangling stone that hangs from a necklace. The style was first popularized by the Duchesse de la Vallière, a mistress of King Louis XIV of France.

They became popular again in the Edwardian era, the post-Victorian age took much of its inspiration from the beauty (and excess) of the 18th Century French court.

Also known as the Belle Époque or the Fin de siècle, the Edwardian period was a time when there was a huge gap between the haves and the have-nots. The jewellery of this time illustrates this in two ways — big, impressive stones set in delicate but labour-intensive settings. The super high-end pieces were set in platinum, which indicates that this pendant was made for merely comfortably well off lady. My guess, based on its markings, size and materials, is that it was probably made in Canada, just before the outbreak of World War 1.