English Georgian Amethyst Rivière Necklace

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An English Georgian 9 karat gold and silver Rivière necklace with 28 cushion-cut, foil backed amethysts that graduate in size and are chain linked. (Safety chain added later.)

The rivière is a short (usually 14-16 inches) necklace simply composed of a line of faceted gemstones or pastes, often graduating in size, and individually set. When the style first developed, in the late 17th or early 18th century, the settings were closed-back. Later versions had open settings so that the effect was a continuous, shining stream around the neck. Some ornate examples have additional gems dangling from the main necklace. Circa 1800.

Provenance: The Nancy and Gilbert Levine Collection, at The Toledo Museum of Art. The Levine Collecion comprised the Museum of Arts and Sciences travelling exhibition "A Century of Jewelry & Gems: 1785-1885" in 1995.

(MG #17967)

Details

  • Creator
    Unknown
  • Of the Period
    Georgian
  • Place of Origin
    England
  • Stone
    Amethyst
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    16 in. L
    41 cm L
  • Length
    16 in. (41 cm)
  • Dealer Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU892637413
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