The lavaliere - a chandelier style pendant suspended from a fine chain or cord - is named for the Duchess Louise de La Valliére, paramour of King Louis the XIV from 1661-1667. Popular among the gentry in the 17th century, the lavaliere fell out of fashion for a couple centuries, but returned to fashion in the Edwardian period. The popularity of the necklace was (in part) revived after being famously worn by French actress, Eugénie Marie Pascaline Fenoglio, who took her stage name, Ève Lavallière, after the style of necklace.
Platinum, approximately 2ctw diamonds (old Euros largest from top: .17ct, .29ct, .10ct, .33ct; 8 x .04ct, 21 x .03ct; 8 x 1mm rose cut diamonds).
Pendant 1 3/4" x 7/8", 15" chain.