14K White Gold Diamond Lavaliere Pendant Necklace Lavalier with dangling diamonds in excellent condition. No damage. No repair. Size is 19 3/8″ total. The lavaliere pendant is 1 3/8″ tall by 5/8″ wide. Pendant is thick, strong, solid and very well made. Chain is very thin and delicate but easily holds the pendant. Weight is 4.1 grams. The diamonds are bright and sparkly, all natural, not treated. SI1/2 quality with I/J color. Total carat diamond weight is approximately 1/3 carat. All original excellent condition. No damage or repair. Ready to wear.
About Lavalieres: (WIKI)
The style was popularized by the Duchesse de la Valliere, a mistress of King Louis XIV of France. A lavalier can be recognized most for its drop (that usually consist of a stone and/or a chandelier type of drop) which is attached to the chain and not attached by a bail.
According to Hans Nadelhoffer, Cartier: Jewelers Extraordinary (1984), p. 50:
A special form of necklace produced around 1900 was the lavallière, an imaginative allusion to a fashion named for the actress Eve Lavalliere, suspending two overlapping pendants, generally of different lengths. The necklace itself often consisted of a simple silk cord with diamond sliding motifs, in which the imaginative end motifs were often intertwined. Princess George of Greece (Marie Bonaparte) received a lavallière with two diamond fir cones, the Tsarina of Russia one with amethyst acorns. Eve Lavallière made her debut in 1891 at the Théâtre des Variétés, having previously worked in a hat factory, tying ribbons. The cravats which were produced in this way were called lavallières and provided a stage-name for the actress, whose real name was Eve Ferroglio. She died in a convent in 1929.