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circa 1880
A beautiful antique diamond riviere necklace set in silver and gold.

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A beautiful Victorian rivière diamond necklace c.1880, set with fifty four old mine brilliant cut diamonds in silver cut down collets backed with gold, the graduated diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 20.7cts, to a concealed clasp with later safety chain.
  • Gemstones and Other Materials54 x old mine brilliant cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 20.7cts, with the centre front largest stone weighing an estimated 1.4cts
  • Condition ReportVery good
  • SettingSilver and gold
  • Weight description32 grams
  • Dimensions39.5cm /15.5" long
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.