Victorian Sardonyx Riviere Gold Pinchbeck Cannetille Repousse Necklace
Excellent. Fresh looking, soft signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* Gold setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Stones are smooth and gleaming with no chips or surface wear, edges are crisp and distinct.
* Clasp is secure and original.
Length 15 1/4"
Mark No mark
Weight 25 grams
Material Alloy (does not test for silver or gold content), natural sardonyx
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own unique history.
* Timeless Riviere silhouette is given a unique twist with the use of natural Sardonyx.
* With a flat cut, stones were carefully selected for their distinct and opaque shift in color, lighter at the top for an almost mirror-like effect.
* Cannetille executed with a repousse technique glint and catch light beautifully.
* Wonderful piece for a collector who hunts for antique pieces in time-capsule condition.
On Handmade or Hand-Carved Jewelry. Handmade or hand-carved jewelry is valued because it is, by default, one of a kind. Unlike machine-made pieces, a handmade piece can never be replicated in the exact same way, and so they will always reveal the at-the-moment intent of the individual maker. Often, the pieces have a distinctively visceral feel, as though you can sense the painstaking labor that went into every aspect.
On Classic Collectables. There are certain pieces that fall into a distinct collectable category, sometimes referred to as "classics." However, the most collectable of these classics are those that include something special (such as an extra design element) that set them apart from other similar pieces.
On The Riviere Necklace. The Riviere silhouette is classified by the side by side nearly identical gemstones or glass cabochons that continue around the full length of the peace. Sometimes, the stones graduate slightly with the largest at the front. Riviere necklaces are meant to highlight the color and beauty of the stones, with little distraction while still framing the neck dynamically. The design first became popular in the mid-18 century but remains a collector's classic.