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Antique Rivière Bracelet with 48 Diamonds in Gold & Platinum, Netherlands circa 1920

This piece of jewellery from the Netherlands is of the so-called Rivière type. The term is derived from the French word for river and describes the flowing impression of the diamonds lined up close together, gliding around the wrist like a glistening river of light. Here, the Rivière bracelet has been interpreted in the geometric style typical of the late Belle Époque and crafted in solid platinum. Square settings, finely engraved on the sides, wrap around a total of 48 old-cut diamonds. The gemstones are individually cut and weigh a total of approximately 4.27 ct. They are lined up close together - the larger stones adorn the centre of the precious band. Some of the diamonds seem to have been cut in the 18th or early 19th century, because they have a characteristic, bulbous cushion shape with great height and steep facets. Older pieces of jewellery were often taken to the goldsmith in order to have the precious diamonds cut out of a piece that had become unfashionable and reworked into a contemporary piece of jewellery, this also seems to have been the case here - the bracelet sets antique diamonds with a history all of their own. This type of rivière bracelet, which was particularly popular at the beginning of the 20th century, is also known in English as a "line bracelet". In its proverbial straightforwardness, it was ideal for combining with the other geometrically inspired jewels of its time - and is still an ideal companion to all kinds of jewelry today, since its design proved to be not only modern but timeless. For dating, see other "line bracelets" in David Bennett/Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, London 2010, p. 338 f., there in combination with coloured stones.

So-called "Rivières" are real classics among gemstone jewellery and can be worn both as necklaces and bracelets. Their name is derived from the French word for river, of which the flowing lines of these creations are reminiscent. The art of creating a piece of Rivière jewelry is twofold. First, the selection of matching stones is important. On the other hand, the type of mounting determines the quality of the piece of jewellery. It must let the stones flow silky smooth and at the same time not too much metal should be visible. Especially since the 19th century, this form of jewelry was popular and has lost nothing of its fascination to this day. A particularly beautiful Riviere is the present antique bracelet, which delights with its splendidly sparkling setting: no less than 52 precious diamonds of radiant white colour and a total weight of about 2.60 ct are set in platinum and were brought together in an elegant design in the 1920s. Each of the elements is hinged to the next, making the bracelet wonderfully soft and easy to wear on the wrist. The precious gemstone set with a radiates a cool firework of flashing light reflections in its bright settings. The gemstones are shaped in the so-called old cut, the early brilliant cut. The base of the bracelet is made of high-carat yellow gold, decorated on the sides with fine leaf engravings. A practical box clasp with safety eyelet completes the piece of jewellery and holds it securely on the wrist. Simple understatement and timeless elegance make the bracelet from the 1920s more wearable today than ever before.

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