“A long necklace, apparently open to various interpretations: pearls, a gold chain with gems, a chain with a pendant or pendants. The single constant is the length.
Origin 1930s: French, extended use of the original word which denoted a harness loop used as a stirrup for jumping (from the verb sauter ‘to jump’) onto a saddle.”
Saturday when I was in our local pharmacy picking up my order of Foamer 15 exfoliant, my friend and pharmacist, Christine, was wearing a sautoir, which made me think, maybe I would like to dabble in that accessory for a few minutes.
The late Loulou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent muse and jewelry designer, surrounded by a random collection of sautoirs. From the top: 1.) Elsa Peretti for Tiffany; 2.) Dior; 3.) YSL; 4.) YSL; 5.) Lanvin; 6.) Lanvin; 7.) Valentino; 8.) Chanel; 9.) Gas Bijoux; 10.) Jollia.
I have worn these long necklaces in the past and already own a few. Suddenly the urge has reappeared, a new accessory desire. Fortunately my good ones, as in two designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany, I had already given them to Andrea so they weren’t in the house when my jewelry was stolen.
It’s not like the idea will send me out to shop — although I did see one in a boutique recently colourful beads, ending in a tassel that would work nicely with my Elsa Peretti locket. Still if I succumb, I’ll ask Drea if I can please borrow her sautoirs for a few months. Then I’ll see what else I can unearth since I like the idea of wearing three together.
I’m also pondering putting a few charms on a chain. I think I’ll construct something. If it turns out to be interesting I’ll photograph it and show you.
Then I could add a single strand of coloured beads and maybe another something that might catch my fancy.
A sautoir can be as simple as a long strand of pearls, or several and maybe in different colors.
I think these necklaces offer a great creative opportunity. What do you think?
You know, more is more. (Sometimes.)