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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Jewelled Rings Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage antiqued copper toned necklace featuring a double snake chain and three intertwined rings embellished with citrine color crystals. Adjustable T-bar and to...
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20th Century More Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Statement Crystal Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned statement necklace featuring stylized flowers embellished with clear crystals. Lobster clasp closure. Adjustable length. Embossed YSL Made in ...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Iconic Leopard Pyramid Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned necklace featuring raised pyramids with iconic leopard print resin. Hook closure. Adjustable length (extension chain). Embossed YSL. Made in F...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Jewelled Silver Toned Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage silver toned necklace featuring faceted green-blue resin cabochons and ball link chain. Lobster clasp closure. Extension chain. Embossed YSL Made in Fran...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Gold Toned Curb Chain Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned curb chain necklace. Hook clasp closure. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indicative measurements : length approx. 40.5 cm (15.94 inches) / width...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Emerald Sapphire Stone Pearl Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage necklace featuring large emerald glass beads/cabochon, faux pearls, emerald/sapphire crystals and clear crystal rondelles. Hook clasp closure. Unmarked (...
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20th Century Beaded Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Silver Toned Tuareg Inspired Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage antiqued silver tone disc links necklace featuring tuareg pattern inspired engravings. Adjustable T-bar and toggle closure. Embossed YSL Made in France. ...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Textured Nugget Oval Swirl Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned necklace featuring links of textured nugget with swirl detailing. Adjustable lobster closure. Embossed YSL. Made in France. Indicative measur...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Gun Patina Ruby Necklace Earring Set
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gun patina chain link necklace and clip-on earring set embellished with ruby crystals. Embossed YSL Made in France. NECKLACE indicative measurements : ad...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Opium Inro Pendant Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage OPIUM inro pendant necklace. This necklace consists of a black cord, a burnt orange plastic container, a silk tassel adorned with black and gold tone bead...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Iconic Vintage Sun Face Chocker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage rare and iconic antiqued gold tone sun face textured chocker necklace. This necklace features a rigid collar with a massive 3D textured sun face pendant. ...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Gold Toned Multi-Strand Maasaï Style Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned multi-strand Maasaï style necklace. Secure pin clasp. Embossed signature YVES SAINT LAURENT on the clasp. Indicative measurements : length a...
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20th Century Multi-Strand Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Multi-Strand Shell Neclace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage rare and gorgeous multi-strand necklace featuring shells, hard stones, gold toned hardware and a large 3-dimensional curved wood disc central medallion. H...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Collar Necklace Vintage
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Miami, FL
This dramatic, sculptural and stunning gold plated signed Yves Saint Laurent collar necklace has some dimension and texture. It is tagged YSL Paris. It can be sized for different nec...
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Gold Plate

Yves Saint Vintage Laurent Wood Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
YSL vintage wood necklace has silver-tone rings, Natural and blue wood beads with a hook closure. YSL signature clasp. Necklace measures approximately 23 inches. Excellent condition.
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Yves Saint Laurent Brass Link Necklace Vintage
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Miami, FL
This ever chic and ever fashionable French signed vintage Yves Saint Laurent long chain / link necklace is a forever piece. It is heavy and made out of brass that has been patinated ...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Link Necklaces

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Brass

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Pearl Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage faux necklace featuring irregular shaped faux pearls, gold toned metal beads with arabesques design and clear crystal rondelles. Lobster clasp closure. E...
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Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ruby Square Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL Ruby Square Necklace Measurements: Height: 6/8 inch X 7/8 inch Wearable Length: 16 inches One Size Fits All Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAU...
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Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Geometric Rhinestone Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Geometric Rhinestone Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 3/8 inches Wearable Length: 16 inches to 18 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. -...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Citrine Cabochon Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Citrine Cabochon Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 2/8 inches Depth: 7/8 inch One Size Fits Most Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Dome cit...
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Disc Lariat Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Disc Lariat Necklace Measurements: Height: 4 6/8 inches (center piece) Discs: 6/8 inch X 6/8 inch Wearable Length: 17 inches Features: - 100% authentic Y...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Iconic Charm Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Iconic Charm Necklace Measurements: Height: 2 1/8 inches Wearable Length: 17 inches (maximum) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Chunky dis...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Lucite Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage necklace featuring lucite cabochons in a gold tone astract design setting. Embossed YVES SAINT LAURENT Made in France. Indicative measurements : tota...
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Heart Necklace
By Maison Goossens for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Scarce vintage Yves Saint Laurent heart-shaped pendant necklace comprised out of gilt metal "metal dore" and a carved heart out of snakewood with metal flames around it - made by Mai...
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Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Heart Leopard Lariat Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Heart Leopard Lariat Necklace Measurements: Pendant Height: 5.70 inches (14.5 cm) Choker Circumference: 15.74 inches (40 cm) includes opening Features: -...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Intricate Medallion Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Intricate Medallion Necklace Measurements: Centerpiece Height: 2 3/8 inches (6 cm) Centerpiece Width: 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) Wearable Length: 16 4/8 i...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Multi Layer Chain Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Multi Layer Chain Necklace Measurement: Wearable Length: 17 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Massive necklace with 10 layers of Be...
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20th Century Chain Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Jewelled Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage openwork gold toned choker necklace embellished with multicolored crystals. Marked YSL Made in France. Indicative measurements : neck opening approx. 10....
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Butterfly Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage ruby red glass bead choker necklace featuring a massive enameled butterfly center, charms, faux pearl drops, glass cabochons and crystal embellishement. A...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Jewelled Floral Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned necklace featuring flowers with multicolored crystal embellishement. T-bar closure. Love clasp rings embossed YVES SAINT LAURENT. Made in Fran...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage 1970s Ball Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT early necklace featuring faux amber and faux horn graduated resin ball beads. Created by the French parurier ROGER SCEMEMA in the 1970s. S hook closure. Embosse...
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20th Century Beaded Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Crocodile Scale Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Crocodile Scale Necklace As seen on Penelope Cruz in the movie "Loving Pablo". Measurements: Height: 1.75 inches (4.44 cm) Inside Circumference: 13.5...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Logo Ribbed Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Logo Ribbed Necklace Measurements: Inverted Squares: 1 inch X 1 inch Can be adjusted to: 17 inches/ 18 inches/ 19 inches Overall Length: 19.5 inches ...
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Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Bow Leaf Rhinestone Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Bow Leaf Rhinestone Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 2/8 inches Wearable Length: 15 4/8 inches to 18 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Swirl Nugget Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Swirl Nugget Necklace Measurements: Height: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Width: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Wearable Length: 24.80 inches to 26.37 inches (63 cm to 67 cm...
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20th Century Rope Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Byzantine Cross Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Byzantine Cross Necklace Measurements: Height: 4.72 inches (12 cm) Width: 3 inches (7.6 cm) Wearable Length: 29.52 inches to 31.10 inches (75 cm to 79...
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20th Century Pendant Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Bamboo Spiral Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Bamboo Spiral Necklace Measurements: Height: 2.55 inches (6.5 cm) Wearable Length: 15.74 inches to 18.11 inches (40cm to 46 cm) Features: - 100% Auth...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage Massive YVES SAINT LAURENT Hammered Clover Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Massive YVES SAINT LAURENT Hammered Clover Necklace Measurements: Clover: 3 7/8 inches X 3 5/8 inches Wearable Length: 34 inches Drop: 21.5 inches Features: - 100% Authenti...
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20th Century Pendant Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Rigid Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Rigid Choker Necklace Measurements: Circumference: 11.41 inches (29 cm) Chain Extender: 6.69 inches (17 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LA...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Pineapple Discs Lariat Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Pineapple Discs Lariat Necklace Measurements: Large Disc: 2 1/8 inches Small Disc: 7/8 inch Cord: 26 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT...
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20th Century Pendant Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Abstract Flower Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage necklace featuring chunky hammered rings embellished with graduated and textured abstract flowers. T-bar closure. Embossed YVES SAINT LAURENT on the clas...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Amber Ruby Cabochon Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Amber Ruby Cabochon Necklace Measurements: Height: 5/8 inch Wearable Length: 14 4/8 inches until 16 4/8 inches Features: - 100% authentic YVES SAINT LAUR...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Cabochon Rhinestone Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Cabochon Rhinestone Choker Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 3/8 inches Length: 19 4/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic Yves Saint Laurent. - Linked dark...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Blue Crystals Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage necklace featuring sapphire blue crystals in a gold toned setting. T-bar closure. Adjustable length. Embossed YVES SAINT LAURENT on the love clasps. Made...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Blue Shade Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned necklace featuring articulated links embellished with blue shade color crystals. Lobster clasp closure. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indicati...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Gold Toned Bird Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned necklace featuring bird links. Adjustable hook clasp closure. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indicative measurements : adjustable length from a...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Ruby Wheat Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned choker necklace featuring ruby red poured resin in cascading wheat pattern. Extension chain. Hook closure. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indic...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Heart Ethnic Link Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Heart Ethnic Link Necklace Measurements: Height: 2.08 inches (5.3 cms) Wearable Length: 17.12 inches (43.5 cms) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT...
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Vintage 1980s Link Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Opium Inro Pendant Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage OPIUM inro pendant necklace. This necklace consists of a black cord, a burnt orange plastic container, a silk tassel adorned with black and gold tone bead...
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20th Century Rope Necklaces

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Openwork Medallion Link Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Openwork Medallion Link Necklace Measurements: Height: 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) Width: 19 inches (48.26 cm) to 21 inches (53.34 cm) Features: - 100% Au...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage Iconic YSL Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Pyramid Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Iconic YSL Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Pyramid Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) Width: 1 4/8 inches (3.81 cm) Depth: 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) Features: - 100%...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Perfume Bottle Glass Stone Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Perfume Bottle Glass Stone Necklace Measurements: Overall Length: 26.5 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Textured chunky chain embe...
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20th Century Pendant Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ornate Enamel Ball Charms Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ornate Enamel Ball Charms Necklace Measurements: Wearable Length: 21 inches Weight: 200 grams Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Chunky and...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Initial Logo Geometric Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Initial Logo Geometric Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) Wearable Length: 15.35 inches/ 16.33 inches/ 17.32 inches (39 cm/ 41.5 cm/ ...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage Iconic YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Leopard Pyramid Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Iconic YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Leopard Pyramid Necklace Measurements: Height: 0.94 inch (2.4 cm) Wearable Length: 12.60 inches (32 cm) to 14.56 inches (37 cm) Features: - 10...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Opium Perfume Tassel Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Opium Perfume Tassel Necklace OPIUM perfume was first released in 1977. Measurements: Pendant Height: 6.88 inches (17.5 cm) including tassel Cord Str...
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Vintage 1970s Rope Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage 1970s Green Resin Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage 1970s necklace featuring graduated green resin beads. Embossed YSL on a metal tag. Indicative measurements : length worn approx. 37 cm (14.57 inches). J...
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20th Century Beaded Necklaces

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Bird Necklace Never worn
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wallkill, NY
Double chain on this YSL piece. 2 Birds look as if they are diving for something. Drops down approximately 34 inches long. Bird links Measuring 4.11 or 104.55 mm long x 2.02 or 51.3...
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1990s Chain Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Gold Toned Fish Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned necklace featuring fish links. Embossed YSL Made in France. Numbered E0. Indicative measurements : adjustable length from approx. 46 cm (18.11...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Two Tone Hexagon Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Two Tone Hexagon Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.69 inches (4.3 cm) Wearable Length: 15.75 inches to 16.73 inches (40 cm to 42.5 cm) Features: - 100...
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Vintage Laurent Necklace For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary vintage laurent necklace you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Brown, Black, Silver and more. You’re likely to find the perfect vintage laurent necklace among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. There have been many well-made iterations of this accessory over the years, but those made by Yves Saint Laurent, Robert Goossens for Yves Saint Laurent and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche are often thought to be among the most stylish. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Vintage Laurent Necklace?

The price for a vintage laurent necklace starts at $99 and tops out at $3,300, and on average, selling for $840.

yves-saint-laurent Biography and Important Works

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent pioneered “cross-design” in fashion, taking inspiration from street trends to modernize haute couture.

Saint Laurent was the first to launch a ready-to-wear label, YSL Rive Gauche Prêt-à-Porter. He was the first couturier to open boutiques for both men and women. Using traditional menswear fabrics and designs for women, Saint Laurent also literally cross-dressed, giving men and women alike chic pant suits, elegant tuxedo jackets and urban safari gear. By blurring gender-specific design, he empowered individual style while creating a scissor-sharp fashion aesthetic of sensual ease and beauty. Many of his designs are today considered timeless classics.

Born to French parents in Oran, Algeria, in 1936, Saint Laurent went to Paris at age 17 to study fashion at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Just two years later, in 1955, his remarkable sketches were shown to Christian Dior, then the world’s reigning couturier, who hired him immediately.

Surprisingly soon thereafter, Dior publicly chose Saint Laurent as his successor, which sadly proved prescient when the fashion legend died unexpectedly, in 1957. A mere slip of a youth, the 21-year-old Saint Laurent was nevertheless up to the challenge. He shook the traditional couture clientele to its core with youthful silhouettes and styles like the A-line trapeze dress that hung with seeming effortlessness from the shoulders, the antithesis of the pinched waists and molded skirts that had been all the rage after the deprivations of World War II.

After a mandated spell in the torturous French military, Saint Laurent suffered a nervous breakdown and was dismissed by Dior in 1962. Out of the ashes rose the Age of Yves. With Pierre Bergé, his then-lover who became his lifelong business partner and friend, the designer founded Yves Saint Laurent YSL to encompass prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear. In 1966, they opened the first YSL Rive Gauche women’s boutique in Paris, followed soon thereafter by YSL Rive Gauche for men. Saint Laurent had given birth to a global brand.

His revolutionary Mondrian mini dress from 1965 is a core element of his fashion biography. It is a prime example of how Saint Laurent, an avid art lover and collector, looked to painters, from Goya to Picasso, Ingres to Matisse, for inspiration.

With its pure lines and hues, Mondrian’s ground-breaking 1935 color-block painting Composition C transmutes beautifully into a dress that is highly valued by collectors of contemporary fashion and widely copied commercially to this day. The design is the epitome of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic, requiring a meticulous hand piecing of each color block so that, despite the body’s curves, the visual plain is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent.

In Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection (Assouline, 2020), the Mondrian dress is shown worn on the cover of Paris Vogue, as well as on British Sudanese model Alek Wek in a photographic trifold by Christoph Sillem from 1998. Saint Laurent consistently used Black models, like Mounia, Iman and Naomi Campbell, and he drew endless inspiration from different ethnicities and cultures, in no small part because of his Algerian roots.

Browse an extraordinary collection of Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses, shirts and more today on 1stDibs.