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Yves Saint Laurent Tortoise Lucite Brass Necklace or Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Atlanta, GA
So cool, Yves Saint Laurent Paris signed necklace or belt. Versatile use of this lovely extra long chain composed with Lucite or resin rings in tortoiseshell color and gilded brass a...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Gold Tone Cross Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
1980s Yves Saint Laurent gold-tone cross necklace featuring a red glass bead, pitted YSL at back cross, a snake chain rolling 60cm length:23.6in. (60cm) Cross 1.5in. (4cm) X 2.3in. ...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Silver and Pearl Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Simple yet elegant vintage 1980s necklace from Yves Saint Laurent. Made up of alternating pearlesant domes and marquise cut rhinestones set in a silver setting. The necklace closes ...
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Yves Saint Laurent hinged gilt necklace, 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Shiny gilt hinged collar from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1980's. Fits a small to medium sized neck. Excellent condition. Made in France.
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1980's YVES SAINT LAURENT hinged gilt necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Shiny gilt collar necklace with hinge from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1980's. Fits a small to medium sized neck. Excellent condition. Made in France.
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Vintage 1980s Choker Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent oversized hammered gilt leaf necklace, 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Oversized gilt beaded necklace with hammered leaf charms from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1980's. Adjustable heart toggle closure. Made in France. Excellent condition.
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1980's YVES SAINT LAURENT rose gilt necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Gilt-metal necklace with abstract rose motif designed by by Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1980's. Adjustable length from 18.5-20". Heavy spring closure. Made in France. Excellent ...
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1980's YVES SAINT LAURENT gilt textured link necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Vintage, chunky oversized link necklace from Yves Saint Laurent. dating to the 1990's. Necklace measures approximately 17.5" to 18" long. Each link measures about 1.5" across. Neckla...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent YSL Fish Necklace New Never Worn
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wallkill, NY
Fish to Fish make up the links on this stunning YSL necklace. Matching Charm bracelet available on our storefront as well. Measures 18 in end to end. This is out of a massive collect...
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Vintage 1980s Link Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Yves Saint Laurent Circle Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent, gold tone, necklace having 5 dangling, filigree discs hanging off a demi choker of fluted balls that are strung on a chain.
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Vintage 1980s Modern Chain Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Glass Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Geneva, CH
Unusual and rare 80's signed YSL hammered gilt metal and green glass necklace. This fantastic piece will make a cool yet chic addition to day and evening looks alike. Dimensions :...
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Gilt Metal

1980's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Twisted Rope Chain Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Yves Saint Laurent gold tone twisted rope style chain necklace from the late 70’s, early 1980’s. The necklace has a nice weight to it and closes with an S hook. A signed YSL tag hang...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Gold & Gripoix Pearl Sautoir Necklace 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wilmslow, GB
A Vintage YSL Pearl Necklace. Featuring chased elongated gold plated links adorned with large gripoix glass baroque pearls. Finished with a toggle clasp. In very good vintage conditi...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

1980's Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Multi Strand Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
1980's Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche glass bead and plastic disc necklace or choker. Adjustable closure. Measures 4" from top strand of beads to bottom of plastic disc. Made in France.
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Vintage 1980s Beaded Necklaces

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Base Metal

1980's YVES SAINT LAURENT faceted crystal and enamel bib necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Stunning amethyst peridot topaz faceted glass crystal and enamel bib necklace designed by Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1990's. Adjustable spring closure. Measures approximately 1...
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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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Vintage 1980s Modern Choker Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Yves Saint Laurent YSL 1980s Black Enamel & Gold Pendants on Cord Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
An elegant Yves Saint Laurent YSL necklace from the 1980s that features five black enamel on gold petal pendants. Each pendant is cast with a sputnik or star design on the back and b...
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Gold Plate, Enamel

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Art Deco Revival Gold & Black Enamel Cord Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
An elegant and exotic Yves Saint Laurent YSL pendant necklace from the 1980s. The front curved pendant is beautifully cast and heavily gold plated in a rich yellow gold and accented ...
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

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Gold Plate, Enamel

1990s Yves Saint Laurent Rhinestone Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Amazing 1990s Yves Saint Laurent rhinestone necklace! Made of a quality silver metal, encrusted with marquise cut rhinestone gems and large faux rubies. Clear crystal beads along the...
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Vintage 1980s Choker Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Jewelled Tassel Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chinese style YSL pendant necklace on magenta purple silk cord and tassel. Pierced medallion set with multicolored Swarovski crystals and abstract gilt motifs. Pendant 3.25" ac...
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Vintage 1980s Drop Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Heart Pendant Necklace 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1980s vintage choker necklace includes a silver massive heart pendant on a silver snake chain with a hook-and-eye clasp closure. Metal has an aged pati...
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Vintage 1980s Aesthetic Movement Pendant Necklaces

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Base Metal

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H 3.8 in. W 2.5 in. L 16 in.
Yves Saint Laurent VINTAGE Opium Charm Rope Necklace with Tassle 1980’s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Saint Laurent, iconic, Opium perfume, pendent. Miniature, Opium perfume, flask, is made of an imitation Cinnebar, strung onto a black cord with a black tassel mixed with gold thread....
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Yves Saint Laurent Crystal Necklace by Robert Goossens, 1980s
By Robert Goossens for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Austin, TX
1980s Yves Saint Laurent crystal necklace by Robert Goossens. Condition: Excellent. 16" chain length.
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Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Exceptional Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture necklace. The collar is composed of four strands of deep gold flashed victorian marquise jets. The focal asymetrical pendant of faceted ...
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Vintage 1980s Multi-Strand Necklaces

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Gold Plate, Bronze, Gilt Metal

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H 3 in. W 2.5 in. Dm 2 in. L 16 in.
1980s Yves Saint Laurent Limited Edition Watermelon Crystal Choker- numbered
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Austin, TX
1980S YVES SAINT LAURENT LIMITED EDITION WATERMELON CRYSTAL CHOKER - LARGE. Gold tone metal, adjustable hook closure. pendant size : 2.45" W x 2.25" L Condition: Excellent.
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Gold Heart Statement Collar 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wilmslow, GB
A striking Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Heart Necklace. Since the 1960s, the heart has been the emblem of the House. From Yves' incredible 'Love' poster designs to his pinning of the j...
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Vintage 1980s Choker Necklaces

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

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Turquoise, Red & Green Beaded Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Stunning 1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Lou Lou de la Falaise era statement necklace. Green faceted glass diamond shaped beads with three large circular stones, two red and one...
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Vintage 1980s Beaded Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Gilt Metal Link Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Atlanta, GA
Charming Yves Saint Laurent Paris signed choker necklace. Large gilt metal link worked chain with geometric front medallion. "S" hook fastening with chain for necklace length flexibi...
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Vintage 1980s Choker Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

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W 1.23 in. L 19.3 in.
Maison Denez for Yves Saint Laurent Charm Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Maison Denez for Yves Saint Laurent Victorian revival charm necklace. Of antiqued gilt bronze and black velvet ribbon threaded through the chain. Focal pendant is a gilt pine cone w...
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Vintage 1980s Victorian Drop Necklaces

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Gold Plate, Brass, Gilt Metal

Yves Sant Laurent Paris necklace with matching ear clip 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Stuttgart, DE
Iconic Yves Sant Laurent necklace with matching ear clip. One half of the chain consists of brown wooden balls, the other side of ivory colored plastic balls. In the middle a part co...
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Vintage 1980s Artisan Beaded Necklaces

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Hammered Bronze Bolo Tie w Matching Disk Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
A great casual jewelry set of earrings and a bolo tie: 1980s Yves Saint Laurent. Hammered bronze disc bolo tie with black cord and end caps. Matching hammered disc and leather dangle...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Rope Necklaces

YVES SAINT LAURENT gilt necklace with scroll pattern
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Dramatic gilt metal necklace with decorative scroll designs from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1990's. Adjustable spring clasp closure. Made in France. Good condition (gold loss b...
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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 Gilt Metal Rigid Collar Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning Yves Saint Laurent Paris collar necklace. Featuring gilt metal articulated rigid neckband with metal all textured. Modernist design with a hidden fastening system. Signed un...
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Vintage 1980s Choker Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Jewelled Round Filigree Disc Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Jewelled Round Filigree Disc Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.81 inches (4.6 cm) Width: 17.71 inches (45 cm) to 19.68 inches (50 cm) Features: - 100%...
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Vintage 1980s 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 Byzantine Black Cabochon Link Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Byzantine Black Cabochon Link Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.69 inches (4.3 cm) Wearable Length: 18.89 inches to 20.86 inches (48 cm to 53 cm) Fea...
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Vintage 1980s Link Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Pre Columbian Gold Metal Mask Pensant Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent gold tone metal necklace featuring a large gold tone hammered metal mask pendant mirroring traditional Peruvian burial masks that hangs from a heavy gold t...
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Vintage 1980s Artisan Drop Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Signature"Opium" Perfume Holder Necklace with Silk Tassle
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent signature "Opium" collection perfume holder pendant with adjustable black silk cord necklace and black silk tassel detailed with gilded gold accen...
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YVES SAINT LAURENT gilt hammered link necklace with shell detail
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Unusual necklace composed of round hammered disks with shell motif from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1980's. The necklace measures 19" long and is 1" wide. Made in France. Excell...
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Martine Boutron for Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent / Martine Boutron Haute Couture faux coral pate de verre and stone necklace with onyx and hematite asymetrical decoration, silver gilt and red leather closure. Bea...
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Vintage 1980s Multi-Strand Necklaces

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Hematite, Onyx

Yves Saint Laurent Faux Tortoise Pendent
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent, RIve Gauche, faux tortoise pendent, having carved gold beads and carved faux tortoise beads on terra cotta toned fine twisted cord. Tassels are at the back with a...
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

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Base Metal

Yves Saint Laurent Teak Heart Suite
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Attractive oversized necklace and earring suite by Yves Saint Laurent of "kissing" teak wood hearts. Hearts graduate to largest in front. Made by Maison Goossens. 1980's France. Nec...
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Vintage 1980s Link Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Robert Goossens Jewelled Cross Pendant Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Robert Goossens Jewelled Cross Pendant Necklace Measurements: Height: 2.08 inches (5.3 cm) Width: 2.08 inches (5.3 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVE...
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

Rare 80's Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Gold Oversize Necklace Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Yves Saint Laurent rare oversize snail design belt. Can be worn also as a single or double necklace . Highly collectible . Comes with pouch or box .
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Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Triangle Lucite Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Triangle Lucite Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.18 inches (3 cm) Wearable Length: 14.17 inches (36 cm) to 17.51 inches (44.5 cm) ...
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Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Ridged Disc Two Tone Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Ridged Disc Two Tone Necklace Measurements: Height: 3.15 inches (8 cm) Adjustable Length: 15.75 inches, 16.73 inches and 17.71 inches (40 cm, 4...
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Harlequin Enamel Twisted Hoop Link Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Harlequin Enamel Twisted Hoop Link Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.30 inches (3.3 cm) Wearable Length : 17.51 inches to 19.29 inches (44.5 cm to 49 c...
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Vintage 1980s Link Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Coral Lucite with Gold Hardware Silk Cord Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent wonderful coral lucite accented with gold hardware on silk cord necklace measures 48" in total length and 1" in width and depth. The clasp "...
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Vintage 1980s Beaded Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Chunky Chain Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Chunky Chain Choker Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) Wearable Length: 16.14 inches (41 cm) Features: - 100% Aut...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Multistrand Bib Necklace with Hammered Gold Detail
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent, multistrand, bib necklace with glass beads in a Carnelian color. Hammerd gold front detail embellished with "agate" like stones.
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Vintage 1980s Modernist Multi-Strand Necklaces

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Carnelian, Gilt Metal

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Chunky Chain Links Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Chunky Chain Links Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.45 inches (3.7 cm) Wearable Length: 16.92 inches (43 cm) to 19.29 inches (49 cm...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Green Cabochon Black Enamel Snake Chain Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Green Cabochon Black Enamel Snake Chain Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.10 inches (2.8 cm) Wearable Length: 17.32 inches to 19.68 inches (44 cm to 50...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Large Lucite Bead and Geometric Glass Necklace YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
The subtle mission of Yves Saint Laurent was to broaden what could be considered fashionable for women. With an extremely modern approach, Saint Laurent bridged the gap of angular im...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Beaded Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent vintage gilt necklace with blue enamel and glass stone
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Beautiful gilt metal necklace with blue enamel and glass stone from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1980's. Adjustable toggle closure. Made in France. Excellent condition.
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Vintage 1980s Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Rhinestone Double Strand Pearl Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Rhinestone Double Strand Pearl Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.92 cms (4.9 cm) Width: 1.92 cms (4.9 cm) Wearable Length: 24 inches (61 cm) Fe...
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Vintage 1980s Multi-Strand Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Leopard Mollusk Shell Necklace and Earring Set
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche leopard mollusk shell graduated necklace and earring set: Both are set in gold-tone metal with gold-tone chain link on necklace. Open-work gold...
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YVES SAINT LAURENT clear faceted crystal collar
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Highly detailed silver-toned collar with dozens of clear faceted glass crystal stones. Beautifully shaped lines. Hinged on each side at back for easy entry. Made in France. Excellent...
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Yves Saint Laurent Signed YSL Vintage Pearls Gold Tone Bib Necklace w Red Stones
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a stunning vintage bib necklace from Yves Saint Laurent with a single strand of faux pearls and a gorgeous gold abstract triangle with beautiful red faceted stones that give ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Necklace For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary 1980s yves saint laurent necklace for your needs in our varied inventory. If you’re looking for an option in Beige and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in more. Finding an appealing accessory such as this — no matter the origin — is easy, but Yves Saint Laurent, Robert Goossens for Yves Saint Laurent and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche each produced a popular version that is worth a look. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a 1980s Yves Saint Laurent Necklace?

On average, a 1980s yves saint laurent necklace on 1stDibs sells for $795, while they’re typically $250 on the low end and $7,875 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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.

Finding the Right Necklaces for You

Find a broad range of eye-catching vintage necklaces in the collection of fashion jewelry on 1stDibs.

From understated cords to chunky designer necklaces in the Art Deco style to the vibrant collars of the 1960s — when psychedelic-prints maestro Emilio Pucci commissioned Milanese fashion jewelry house Coppola e Toppo to create dramatic designs strung with Pop art–hued plastic beads — has costume jewelry’s clever marriage of base metals, textiles and imitation gems ever gone out of style?

For lovers of fashion or costume jewelry, which is typically created to be worn with current fashions and made of inexpensive materials, there has been no shortage of extraordinary necklace designs over the years from brands such as Trifari, Miriam Haskell and others.

In the 1980s, designers like Yves Saint Laurent looked to the flashy wartime-era fashion jewelry of the 1940s for inspiration when creating his statement-making necklaces of glass and rhinestones. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel introduced her costume jewels in the 1920s, when the economy was roaring and fine jewelry was the main mode of adornment among her clients. Today, vintage Chanel necklaces from the brand’s fashion jewelry lines — glass and faux-pearl designs as well as gold pendant necklaces — are particularly popular.

On 1stDibs, find vintage drop necklaces, beaded necklaces and other costume jewelry today, and see our range of necklaces in our fine jewelry collection too.