circa 1880

A Beautiful Antique Diamond Riviere Necklace

A beautiful Victorian rivière diamond necklace c.1880, set with fifty four old European brilliant and old mine cut diamonds in silver cut down collets backed with gold, the graduated diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 23cts, to a concealed diamond set clasp. This necklace is beautifully articulated and feels wonderfully silky and fluid. The diamonds are bright and lively and have been well graduated in a continual tapering from front to back.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials54 x old cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 23cts
Centre stone estimated at approximately 1.3cts
Condition ReportVery good
SettingSilver and gold
Weight description26 grams
Dimensions15” / 38cm long
Collets 8.3mm width at centre tapering to 4.7mm width at back (not the clasp)

Directors Notes

The rivière necklace was an extremely popular design in the 18th and 19th centuries and was made in either diamonds or coloured stones, in both uniform and graduated rows. The name translates literally as ‘river’ which perfectly alludes to the way these fluid rows of stones would ripple around the base of the throat when worn. They were a favourite with Royalty and courtiers both in Europe and further afield and were often worn in multiples to emphasise wealth and status.


1 in stock

Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist
SKU: 125741 Categories: ,