Fit for a Queen

Splendid Vintage Rivière Necklace of 53 Diamonds, England Circa 1950

So-called "Rivières" are true classics among diamond necklaces. Their name is derived from the French word for river, which is evoked by the flowing lines of these necklaces. The art of creating a Rivière necklace lies on the one hand in the selection of diamonds that match each other - and on the other hand in the movable mounting, which allows the stones to flow silky smooth and not too much metal to become visible. A precious Riviere from the years around 1950 is presented here. 53 large brilliant cut diamonds weighing almost 20 carats together are set in patinated silver with gold plating. Each of the chain elements is flexibly connected to the next, so that the necklace is wonderfully soft and easy to wear on the neck. The precious gemstone setting, which increases in size towards the centre and converges in a brilliant cut diamond weighing 0.96 ct, shines in its settings like a cool firework of flashing light reflections. The use of silver on high-carat gold gives the necklace a very special charm and is reminiscent of Benvenuti Cellini's treatise on the art of goldsmithing. For Cellini (1500 in Florence; † 1571 there) already recommended setting diamonds in blackened silver to give the diamonds a perfect background to sparkle. All the parts that lie against the skin when worn, on the other hand, are made of high-carat gold, so that the necklace is comfortable to wear. The diamonds settings follow the language of the 18th century, but the brilliant cut diamonds reveal that they were set in the mid-20th century. The necklace is despite its rich trimming a simple and noble understatement, timeless and beautiful. It came to us in London, where necklaces like this one have a long tradition - not for nothing is the so-called "Coronation Necklace", worn by the English queens at the moment of their coronation, quite similarly designed. An independent appraisal has confirmed the quality of the diamonds, it is supplied with the necklace.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.