Our modern take on the rivière features 34 delicate crystals selected for their resemblance to the gemstones: pink sapphire, morganite, aquamarine, peridot and lemon quartz. Each gem is carefully placed in an open back setting, allowing for maximum light & luminescence.
Necklace length: 15" + 5" extender. Arrives in a pink velvet storage box.
A rivière [French: river] necklace is characterized by same-size stones or stones graduating smoothly in size. It gained popularity in the Victorian and Georgian era, adorning the necks of royals and fashionistas alike. Worn just at the collarbone, this delicate piece of jewelry is designed to look like a stream of jewels to accentuate the beauty of a woman's neck.
For thousands of years, people all over the world have reported seeing colorful floating balls of light near swamps, bogs or marshes. They are called will-o'-the-wisp. In some legends, the will-o'-the-wisp initially appear harmless or even playful, but are really malevolent & lure travelers off the beaten path and into danger. Other stories told that these lights could reveal the spot where a leprechaun has buried treasure. Stills others claim that they lead to the fairy kingdom.
Today's science spills the light on the phenomenon - and it just may have been based in science all along. There are certain bioluminescent mushrooms and algae commonly found in marshy areas, which can produce a bluish light under certain conditions. More likely, however, it's swamp gas - as plants decompose, they releases methane which can spontaneously combust once it comes in contact with air. Thus the burning orbs floating above the marsh!
[French: river] A necklace characterized by same-size stones or stones graduating smoothly in size. It's usually designed without excessive ornamentation to keep the focus on the stones. Rivière necklaces became popular during the Georgian Period, 1714 – 1837, and were all the rage in the late Victorian era, 1880 – 1900. Enjoy our modern take on this timeless classic!
"Pictures do this necklace no justice, it's much shinier and prettier in person." - Raya T.
"Incredibly beautiful. The pastel gems are everything." - Terry V.
"Will-o-the-wisp really does look like authentic gemstones, at a fraction of the cost." - Zoey P.F.