Beautiful Antique Diamond Riviere Necklace Circa 1880

GBP 49,500.00

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Object Description

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.
The rivière necklace was an extremely popular design in the 18th and 19th centuries and was made from both diamonds and coloured stones, in both uniform and graduated rows. The name translates literally as ‘river’ which perfectly alludes to the way these 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.
This necklace is a lovely example of its kind and even hides a little secret. Behind the centre stone is hidden a small hinged loop that can fold down and enable a pendant to be suspended from it. A lovely extra feature that increases the versatility of the piece and offers a way to change its appearance and to make it uniquely yours.

Victorian, circa 1880

54 x old cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 23cts
Centre stone estimated at approximately 1.3cts

Silver and gold

26.3 grams

15” / 38cm long
Collets 8.3mm width at centre tapering to 4.7mm width at back (not the clasp)

Very fine

Object Condition

Very Fine

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)20 7493 8904

Dealer Location

52-53 Burlington Arcade
London W1J 0HH
United Kingdom

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