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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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20th Century Link Necklaces

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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20th Century Link Necklaces

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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20th Century Link Necklaces

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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20th Century Link Necklaces

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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20th Century Link Necklaces

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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20th Century Link Necklaces

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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20th Century 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

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 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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20th Century Beaded 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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20th Century Link 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

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

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 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

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Jeweled Lariat Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Jeweled Lariat Necklace Measurements: Width: 0.87 inch (2.2 cm) Length: 35.83 inches (91 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Chunky ...
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20th Century Drop 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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20th Century Link 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 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

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 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

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

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 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

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 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 Massive YSL Yves Saint Laurent Starfish Rhinestone Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Massive YSL Yves Saint Laurent Starfish Rhinestone Necklace Measurements: Height: 3 inches (7.6 cm) Wearable Length: 20.27 inches (51.5 cm), 21.25 inches ( 54 cm) and 22.24 ...
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20th Century Choker 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 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

Vintage YSL Gilt Snake, Diamante, and Pearl Sautoir Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) cast gold metal "metal dore" sautoir necklace - the necklace features ornate intertwined snakes (by Roger Scemama) that are accented by large cream-c...
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Vintage 1980s Baroque Chain Necklaces

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Pearl

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 Citrine Clear Lucite Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Citrine Clear Lucite Necklace Measurements: Height: 0.70 inch (1.8 cm) Length: 21.25 inches (54 cm) to 22.24 inches (56.5 cm) Features: - 100% Authen...
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20th Century Beaded 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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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Stylized Rigid Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Stylized Rigid Choker Necklace Measurements: Width: 0.78 inch (2 cm) Diameter: 5.51 inches (14 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - S...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Sun Coral Beads Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Sun Coral Beads Necklace Measurements: Height: 2 1/8 inches (5.39 cms) Wearable Length: 17 4/8 inches (44.45 cm) until 19 4/8 inches (49.53 cm) Featu...
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20th Century Beaded Necklaces

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Snake Rigid Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Snake Rigid Choker Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 3/8 inches (front center) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Textured rigid collar ...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Chunky Tricolour Chain Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Chunky Tricolour Chain Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.28 inches (3.25 cm) Wearable Length: 16 2/8 inches (41.35 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Gilt Ball Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Gilt Ball Choker Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 inch (2.5 cm) Circumference: 13.97 inches (35.5 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. ...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Medallion Link Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Medallion Link Choker Necklace Measurements: Height: 0.90 inch (2.3 cm) Wearable Length: 16.14 inches until 16.92 inches (41 cm to 43 cm) Features: -...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Mondrian Geometric Resin Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Mondrian Geometric Resin Necklace Measurements: Height: 0.94 inch (2.4 cm) Width: 17.32 inches to 20.86 inches (44 cm to 53 cm) Features: - 100% Auth...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Rhinestone Bow Leaf Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Rhinestone Bow Leaf Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.53 inches (3.9 cm) Wearable Length: 15.15 inches (38.5 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Gunmetal Rhinestones Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Gunmetal Rhinestones Choker Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 5/8 inches (4.12 cm) Inside Circumference: 14 2/8 inches (36.19 cm) Features: - 100% Aut...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Arabesque Jewelled Enamel Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Arabesque Jewelled Enamel Necklace Measurements: Height: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Wearable Length: 15.94 inches, 16.92 inches, 17.91 inches (40.5 cm, 43 cm,...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage "Arlequin" Enamel Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage "Arlequin" gold toned red and green enamel choker necklace. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indicative measurements : min. inner circumference approx. 30.47...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Iconic Coral Design Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage iconic gold toned coral design necklace embellisshed with clear crystals. S hook clasp closure. Extension chain. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indicative...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Fish Shell Charm Nautical Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Fish Shell Charm Nautical Necklace Measurements: Height: 0.82 inch (2.1 cm) Wearable Length: 16.73 inches to 18.70 inches (42.5 cm to 47.5 cm) Featur...
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Vintage 1980s Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Sun Disc Medallion Link Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Sun Disc Medallion Link Necklace Measurements: Height: 2.16 inches (5.5 cm) Width: 17.91 inches (45.5 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURE...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

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Ysl Vintage Necklace For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary ysl vintage necklace you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Brown, Black, Gold and more. Making the right choice when shopping for a ysl vintage necklace may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. Making an accessory such as this has likely been a part of the legacy of many fashion designers, but those produced by Yves Saint Laurent, Robert Goossens for Yves Saint Laurent and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche are consistently popular. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much is a Ysl Vintage Necklace?

Prices for a ysl vintage necklace can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $225 and can go as high as $2,702, while, on average they fetch $820.

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.