Bettie French Rivière Pendant
This one-of-a-kind necklace is composed of:
Art Deco crystal pendant originally from a French Rivière necklace from the 1920s.
This necklace measures a standard 18” on 14k gold filled chain with the pendant measuring 3/8" in width.
The French origins of the original design literally translates to “River” and has loosely been referred to as a “River of Gems” in the jewelry world. These flashy stones would be set and strung together in single or multiple strands as a necklace.
Many believe the original design dates back to 1811 when Napoleon gifted his wife a Diamond necklace set with 28 old mine cute diamonds (what a necklace, right?!).
But after the discovery of the Kimberly Mine in South Africa in the 1870s, the necklaces grew in popularity and remained so through the 1920s with designs not only set with diamonds but crystal and other gemstones stones.
All of our modern heirlooms are designed with elements mostly from the late 1800s - 1920s and the highest quality solid gold and gold-filled components. To learn more about different types of gold and composition, check out our Gold Jewelry Guide.
We make, design, and restore each piece of jewelry with the hope you will love and enjoy your modern heirlooms for many years to come. Check out our Jewelry Care Guide for tips on how to care for your pieces so they last a lifetime.
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