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What is a Diamond Rivière Necklace

What is a Diamond Rivière Necklace?

A diamond riviere necklace is a continuation of diamonds that go all the way around. Also coloured gemstones of the same size or with a slight graduation.

Christies diamond RIVIÈRE NECKLACE Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence

Christie’s -Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence


When did Riviere necklaces come popular: 


Antique Riviere necklaces Georgian paste diamond old mine cuts

Georgian Paste Riviere Necklace

In the Georgian Period 1714 to 1837

Necklaces from this period were set with paste, topaz, amethyst or diamonds in a closed back setting.

They would be foiled backed to enhance the light that is being reflected through the stone.

Riviere necklaces from this period are the most valuable as they are the hardest to find.

Setting:

  • Heavy
  • Cut down collect

Metal:

  • Early Georgian: Silver
  • Later in this period: Silver and gold backing

Most common cut of stones used:

  • Old mine cushion cuts
  • Table cuts
  • Rose cuts
  • Old brilliant cuts

 


Victorian necklaces:

Amethyst riviere necklace antqiue 19th century Victorian

 

Riviere remained popular throughout the century.

Amethyst was a popular stone choice of this period, normally with a detachable pendant.

 

 

19th Century victorian Rivière Necklace

 

Diamond necklaces were now with open backs. Metals used: Silver for the setting and gold backing.

Cuts: Rose cuts, old mine and old brilliant cuts.

 

 

 

From 1920’s onwards

Diamond line Rivière necklace LondonThe design kept the same now the setting is much less to focus on the diamonds, normally a four claw setting or a channel setting.

Cut: Modern Round brilliant, baguette cuts, rose cuts.

Metal: 18ct white or yellow gold, Platinum. Silver and gold now only used to create an antique style.

 

 diamond line necklace Then in the 1950’s baguette cut diamond necklaces become popular futuristic clean look

Cut: Modern Round brilliant, baguette cuts, rose cuts.

Metal: 18ct white or yellow gold, Platinum. Silver and gold now only used to create an antique style.

 

 

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