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    Posted 6 years ago

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    A while ago a friend introduced us to the world of fashion documentary movies, starting with "The September Issue", and since then we've consumed all we could find through to the recent release of "Dior and I".

    For a jewellery nut one of the big attractions was Anna Wintour's necklaces. Anna is the editor-in-chief of Vogue America, and she's created a signature look wearing antique rivière necklaces.

    The name riviere comes from the French for "river", so the meaning is a river of gems that flows around the neck. These are sometimes mistakenly called Riviera necklaces.

    These antique necklaces were popular in Georgian and Victorian times. They're also known as "collet set" necklaces when the stones are set in a crimped mount or collet. Back in the day they often came as a "parure", a set of jewellery with a necklace, a detachable pendant, earrings, bracelet(s) and sometimes even a tiara.

    They come in a variety of formats, a lot are gilded silver with pastes (glass), the really sought-after ones are gold with real gems like aquamarines, amethysts, pink or golden topazes, etc.

    These riviere necklaces remained in fashion through the late 18th to the end of the 19th Century. They briefly came back in the Deco period and then went right out of fashion, and in the mid to late C20th you couldn't give them away.

    However today thanks to Anna Wintour they are very much "in vogue" and prices have gone ballistic, check out S J Phillips website, you can pay up to GBP20k for a good one. Scary prices when you realise that to get the "Anna look" you need to layer several of these necklaces together.

    After several years of searching I finally scored one at a bargain price, a Victorian necklace of chunky Siberian amethysts set in 9ct rose gold. Only problem is the wife now wants a couple more to complete the look. I've told her she might have to wait a few more years for the next one.

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    1. freiheit freiheit, 6 years ago
      Be a good husband and get her one or two more! This one looks absolutely fabulous! It seems to be a good investment, too:)
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      LOL !!! Half way there !!!
    3. SaulsoGALLERY SaulsoGALLERY, 6 years ago
    4. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Hi freiheit, reason she may have to wait so long is I'm a bargain hunter, I paid less than 5% of S J Phillips New Bond Street price.

      So not expecting to find another one tomorrow. However in the wonderful world of treasure hunting you never know what's around the corner.

      Here's a link to the S J Phillips current collection:
    5. freiheit freiheit, 6 years ago
      OMG! Good for you (and even better for your wife)! I am sure she will wait a bit so you can find another treasure for her. I love to hunt for bargains too but you were really lucky; or maybe you really know your stuff:)
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      What a great necklace find! I love that movie "September Issue".
    7. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Oh la la!!!!
    8. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      Hi Paul, if you scroll down the above link, there is a Amethyst necklace very similar to yours.
    9. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      It's purple....I love purple....especially THIS purple!
    10. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Great posting and a beautiful necklace. Amethysts are such a special stone and the colour of these is so good.
      Well done on the buy. I drool at the things for sale at SJ Phillips!

      Thanks for the link too Jean - another bookmark for my huge list!
    11. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Hi Racer, after posting the link I took another look at SJ Phillips, they have a pink topaz riviere that is over GBP50k!

      From the snippets of Anna Wintour's home life you see in The September Issue you have to believe she is shopping at places like SJ Phillips and not scouring flea markets and eBay like we mortals.

      I counted about 6 different necklaces in the movie, do the math!
    12. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      A dream! Better wait than nothing at all.
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      kiwipaul - I am pretty sure she loved a "deal". Probably made her interns and assistants look for them! Yes, they are so beautiful, timeless and delicious. I love that movie, have to watch it again.

      Thanks for talking about fashion documentaries because these are my favorite videos to watch. I get so excited when a new one comes out. Looking forward to Dior and I....Other great fashion documentary movies:

      Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

      Valentino: The Last Emperor

      Iris Apfel: Iris

      Spread My Ashes At Bergdorfs (wait until you see the store windows!!!)

      and a very favorite of mine - the real story of Harry Selfridge: Secrets of Selfridges (from PBS I think 2011, not the most recent Masterpiece Theatre mini-series. I liked it...but the real documentary was -Real!)
    14. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Hey Valentino97, thanks you've given us a couple I didn't know about, we also liked:
      Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Luxurious Shoes
      The Tents

      I found a good list here with lots more I didn't know about:
    15. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      And of course the fabulous fashion movie based on Anna Wintour - The Devil Wears Prada, written by one of Wintour's former assistants, Lauren Weisberger. Apparently Anna turned up at the film's premiere dressed in Prada.

      I didn't realise the connection, this info comes from the Anna Wintour's bio here:

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