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English Georgian Amethyst Rivière Necklace


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)


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    circa 1880
  • Dimensions

    D 16 in. x L 16 in.

    D 40.64 cm x L 40.64 cm

  • Length
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
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    New York, NY
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