2. Graceful diamond-set scrolls curve above and gently hold this decidedly blue-green drop-shaped emerald. It’s a stately pavane, as opposed to the shooting star of the brooch on the previous page. The suspended pear-shaped diamond drops to the side of the emerald provide a lovely punctuation mark.
You can see by the colour, that the diamonds are set in silver – which has oxidised and blackened, as silver will. Yellow gold was often topped with silver, so that the diamonds set into a piece would stay bright and white, rather than taking on the yellow glow of the gold. In this case, it appears to be silver right through the pendant, which is attached to a gold chain. Combined with the design, this tells us it’s probably a late Victorian piece.
Lot 39 Emerald and diamond pendant necklace
Estimate 4,000—6,000 GBP LOT SOLD.5,000 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
Of scroll design, set with circular-cut and rose diamonds, supporting a swing set drop-shaped emerald, length approximately 510mm.
3. Those wonderful marquise-shaped diamond flowers above the emeralds (like the scrolls in the previous piece) set the scene for the emeralds suspended below them. These emeralds are clearer, greener, and they somehow suit the smooth drop-shape, Which contrasts with the facets of the diamonds in a most fetching way!
The necklace is of lavalière design. What is that, I hear you ask? We’ll let Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry explain:
Lavallière: A lavalier (or lavaliere or lavallière) is a necklace comprised of small links with a single, usually pearl, drop pendant. It is named after Louise Françoise de La Baume Le Blanc, duchesse de La Vallière (1644-1710), mistress of Louis XIV and the design was very popular around 1900.
Lot 148 Emerald and diamond necklace
Estimate 9,000 — 13,000 GBP LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
Of lavalière design, set with marquise-shaped, single- and brilliant-cut diamonds, suspending two emerald drops, length approximately 440mm.