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A lavalier is a chain type necklace that ends in one large size pendant or tassel.
Sometimes there may be additional smaller pendants dangling from the main stone.
In the 1600's the lavalier got its name from Louise de La Vallière , a mistress of Louis
XIV who often wore them.The lavalier was popular from 1900 to 1930 as the delicacy
of the lavalier was a perfect match to the pastel toned fashion trends of the Edwardian
Era. In the 1930's colours became bolder, with the use of more expensive materials such
as gold and emeralds. The influence of Art Nouveau style imagery could be seen in the
lavaliers which sometimes featured peackocks, viking ships and wistful maidens.
Amethyst and seed pearl Edwardian sapphire and 9 Victorian 14 carat gold and
lavalier carat gold lavalier enamel tassel lavalier
A festoon necklace is often wrongly identified but should have swags or drapes of
chain, beads or metal parts forming the design. The definition of festoon is a garland
or wreath hanging from two points. In architecture a festoon relates to a carved ornament
depicting an arrangment of fruit or foliage suspended by ribbons. The "Dagmar Necklace"
originally made for Queen Alexandra of Denmark and bequeathed to Queen Elizabeth
on her accession to the throne in 1952 is a famous festoon vintage necklace.
Amethyst Victorian festoon Amethyst and pearl silver Art Nouveau green Chrysoprase
chain necklace festoon necklace festoon necklace
A choker is a short length necklace that is worn closely around the neck. They can be
made of a range of materials, including beads, velvet, leather and metal, such as gold, silver
or platinum. Vintage chokers were often made of pearls , diamante crystals, or glass beads.
Chokers were particularly fashionable from the late 19th century to the 1920's and again in
the 40's as "colliers de chien" or dog collars.
Crystal rhinestone choker Jewelcraft crystal choker Danish silver floral choker necklace
The rivière necklace is a short style necklace (commonly 14 to 16 inches) simply strung
with a line of faceted rhinestones or gemstones often graduating in size. Historically the
gems were set in individual collets and later in prong or claw settings .The name "riviere"
translates to “river” in French, in reference to the way the necklace flows gracefully around
the neck. When the style first developed in the early 18th century, the settings were generally
closed-back. Later versions of the necklace had open back settings to allow the light to
penetrate giving the effect of a shining, continous stream around the neck. Some very ornate
examples have additional gemstones suspended from the main necklace. The riviere necklace
was a vintage jewellery style favoured by the Vogue editor Anna Wintour who often wore several
of these necklaces at the same time. Station necklaces with gems set on a chain are a more
modern variation of this necklace
Antique amethyst and gold Fine diamond riviere necklace Violet crystal riviere necklace
The term Bayadere relates to a style of braided necklace made from strings or strands of
beads (often seed pearls), which were twisted together. They were very popular during the
18th century.Some of these necklaces had a single pendant or tassel .The other name for
this is a "rope" necklace.
L to R: Three antique seed pearl bayadere necklaces
The bib necklace is constructed with a substantial band that is wider at the front and
tapers towards the back. It is generally made with different rows of beads or gemstones
and it sits quite high up on the neck near the collar bone. Bib necklaces are large
statement pieces and they can be made from a variety of materials including silver, gold,
gemstones, crystals and glass beads. The Duchess of Windsor Wallace Simpson
commissioned a beautiful amethyst bib necklace from Cartier in 1947.
Green rhinestone crystal Egyptian revival bib necklace Vintage crystal and pearl bib
vintage bib necklace necklace
The negligee necklace is a twist on the lavalier. It comprise a chain type
necklace with a pair of asymmetrical pendants dangling from unequal lengths
of fine chain, which are often connected to a thin bar. The pendants could be
gemstones such as rubies, diamonds or sapphires , a combination of two different
stones, or sometimes pearls.The negligee necklace was popular during the Edwardian era.
Edwardian pearl and diamond Antique rose quartz and Blue topaz, pearl and 9 carat
negligee necklace moonstone necklace gold negligee necklace
A collar necklace is a necklace that lies flat to the body rather than a more free style
hanging necklace.They are usually short lengths of around 14 inches. They can be
costume jewelley or fine jewellery. Materials can range from solid gold collars
set with gemstones to rhinestone statement collars that are several inches wide.
The name "collier" the French word for collar is also used for this necklace type.
Half collar necklaces are a variation of the collar without completely encircling the
Chunky gold tone collar Vintage Modernist flat gold Mexican silver and tigers
necklace tone collar necklace eye half collar necklace
A lariat necklace forms a loop secured with a knot that allows it to slide
without coming apart. It has no specific clasp and can be worn in different
styles. The ends can simply be tied together or it could be wrapped around
the neck and then tied. They can be thin and elegant or chunky and
statement like. In some cases lariat necklaces have a sliding clasp so they
can be worn in a mannner similar to a bolo tie. They are long necklaces and
generally require to be at least 30 inches to allow them to be tied or wrapped.
Miriam Haskell baroque pearl 1950's red glass bead lariat Art Deco crystal lariat necklace
gilt chain lariat necklace
This is a metal chain with links of rectangular folded metal with each link looking
a bit like a book. Victorian-era book chain jewellery is made of engraved
rectangular links that look like very small books. Large lockets were sometimes
included for a more elaborate touch. Any chain that has flat rectangular links
can be considered a book chain necklace and they are often used as part of
fringe type necklaces. These necklaces were in fashion during the Victorian era
and into the early twentieth century.
Brass book chain necklace Victorian silver etched book Victorian garnet gold filled
with Bakelite beads 1930's chain necklace with locket 1893 book chain necklace
With this type of necklace the size of the beads get larger as they approach
the front part of the necklace. Sometimes there are small beads or spacers
in between the main beads. The graduated bead necklace is all about the
change from small beads to larger beads - the beads themselves are all the
Turquoise graduated bead 1930'S Austrian black glass Natural aquamarine beads
necklace bead necklace
15) FRINGED NECKLACE
A fringed necklace is made of a main round chain with a type of fringe
around the front. This can be all one length or it can be a graduated fringe.
The last row of beads used to make the necklace is always free flowing.
The attachment occurs at the top part of the necklace. Historically the fringe
necklace is a very old style and has tribal roots.
Hobe vintage Bakelite fringe Czech Art Glass choker Vintage Coro glass bead
necklace fringe necklace fringe necklace
16) TRIPLE STRAND
This necklace comprises 3 strands of beads. These beads can be anything
from crystals to pearls, plastic or stone. The only requirement is that it must
be three strands. These necklaces were particularly popular in the 1950's
when triple strand pearl necklaces were in fashion.
Triple strand pearl necklace Green bead triple strand 1950's aurora borealis bead
necklace triple strand necklace
16) PENDANT NECKLACE
The name pendant comes from the French word pendre, which means “to hang.”
When an ornament is allowed to hang freely from a necklace it becomes a pendant.
Early types of pendants were used as talismen to protect the wearer from harm,
and most ancient and modern cultures have a version of this type of necklace.
Religious symbols were often incorporated into pendants. Pendants can be made
of different types of materials including chain, leather, ribbon and cord. The pendant
itself can be made from any material including metals, glass, and gemstones.They can
be any size from delicate and tiny to large statement pendants.
Antique art deco pendant Art Nouveau turquoise and Vintage Trifari gold tone
pearl pendant pendant