A beautiful Victorian rivière diamond necklace c.1860s set with eighty two old cut diamonds in open backed silver cut down collets backed with gold, the graduated diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 12cts, all to a concealed diamond set tongue and box clasp. This necklace is beautifully articulated and feels wonderfully silky and fluid. The diamonds are bright and lively and have been nicely 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. The central largest diamond conceals a hinged, drop down loop meaning that a pendant could be added at will. This is a lovely extra feature that increases the versatility of the piece. It comes in its original fitted leather case, silk and velvet lined from the royal warrant holding jewellers Hunt & Roskell. It is monogramed to the front in gold with the letter L.H. and the date 1860.
Retailed by Hunt & Roskell
Victorian, circa 1860
82 x old cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 12cts
Silver and gold
43cm / 16.9″ long
Width at centre front 8.3mm and at centre back 2.6mm