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. The amethysts are foiled and closed backed. (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
Of the Period
Georgian
Place of Origin
England
Date of Manufacture
circa 1880
Period
1800-1809
Metal
10k Gold
Silver
Stone
Amethyst
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
16 in. L
41 cm L
Length
16 in. (41 cm)
Dealer Location
New York, NY
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU892637413
Macklowe Gallery Jewelry
(646) 759-9243
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