The highly coveted riviere... The most timeless nighttime jewelry were necklaces and bracelets with these wonderful collet-set stones. Simple and timeless this is every bit in-style today as they were in the Georgian period when they were first made.
Rivieres achieved popularity around 1750 but, by 1776 as a result of an innovation achieved by the jeweler, James Cox, they were later mounted in silver but backed with gold to prevent tarnishing skin or fabrics. This bracelet was the earlier version and it is gold gilt.
The stones are large and impressive. Strung together like its name reflects for the Riviera South of France which translates literally to 'a river of light.' South of France was so called because from out at sea, on your yacht, the sparkling lights of the Core d'Azur looked like a glittering necklace.
The bracelet boasts 10 large citrine colored pastes. Each faceted by hand and foil backed. The tongue in groove clasp fits into the last stone and it becomes an invisible clasp..
It measures 7 1/2" long and weighs an impressive 22 grams. Each stone is approximately 14mm x 11mm x 5mm's deep. This equates to 5 carats per 'stone'. This would be a total of 50 carats of paste weight.
French is origin this lovely bracelet is circa 1750, Georgian.
Excellent antique condition. The pastes are wonderful with little to no wear. There is some gold loss on the back where the bracelet touches the skin consistent only with loving wear. Absolutely a wonderful and highly collectable piece. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
* Thank you Ms. Ginny Redington Dawes and Ms Olivia Collins for your always wonderful insight and sharing your amazing collections through photos in the 'Georgian Jewellery 1714 ~ 1830 book. The cover of their book is draped with these wonderful riviere jewels.. Ahh The Joy of Jewels!
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