Inspired by the Edwardian & Georgian style, antique rivière gemstone statement necklaces, popularized by Anna Wintour (long-term editor of Vogue Magazine) who is often photographed wearing layers of two to four necklaces at a time, this client requested that her loose gemstones be mounted in a similar fashion. The name riviere comes from the French for “river”, so the meaning is a river of gems that flows around the neck, with original antique necklaces from the 18th & 19th century, selling for well over $30,000!
Nine gemstones in total were selected to create the custom necklace with an emerald cut aquamarine being the largest center focal point, flanked by a matched pair of yellow citrines, and 6 green amethysts flowing up the necklace. As each gemstone was different in size and depth, each of the nine, 14 karat yellow gold basket settings, were entirely handmade from gold wire. Special attention was paid to the connecting links at each corner of the settings, to insure that the “weight” of the necklace would sit properly on the neck and not tip forward. The client supplied her own heavy link chain, to cut apart and refashion as the back anchor of the necklace, with a custom made clasp securing the new impressive riviere. The final result was a spectacular “vogue-worth” piece that is sure to turn heads!