The rivière - one of the most popular and enduring styles of necklace to come out of the Georgian period - features an endless line of matched or subtly graduated gems set within inconspicuous collets. The necklaces supposedly take their name from the French Riviera: it is said that the lights along the coastline resembled a dazzling necklace when viewed from the sea. This c. 1800 rivière fis composed of deep red paste stones in crimped collets with closed and foiled backs with a stylized pendant cross. The necklace is fashioned from gilt pinchbeck and measures 15" (the chain at the back was added at some point to extend the length).
Gilt pinchbeck, red paste, 9k chain.
Very good - chain was added at some point to extend the length of the necklace; the clasp was broken and we have had the tongue groove repaired as well as made a repairs to the loops of the setting which holds the cross.
15" length, 1 3/4" cross.
1714 — 1837
The best “costume jewelry” during the Georgian era was pinchbeck, a top-secret formula that looked — and wore — just like gold.