Violet Rivière - Art Deco Sterling Silver Amethyst Crystal Rhinestone Necklace (ADN073)

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Violet Rivière - Art Deco Sterling Silver Amethyst Crystal Rhinestone Necklace. This gorgeous necklace is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 for sterling silver. Featuring 9 round faceted cut crystal rhinestone gems, Art Deco era styling, and quality craftsmanship.  The galleries on this necklace are set with expertly claw-set sparkling violet colored crystals, which are interspaced with links. The back of the galleries exhibit decorative engravings (a characteristic of Art Deco era jewelry). The chain is a pretty belcher design, which is attached to a secure spring ring clasp, in perfect working order. This Art Deco period necklace is made to fit a collar, however an extender can be added if needed. Truly a piece to be cherished and enjoyed for many years to come.

History: Centuries ago, quartz pebbles with a high lead content were found sparkling on the banks of Europe's Rhine River. These beautiful, natural stones were highly coveted and were eventually depleted, inspiring jewelers to create an imitation, aptly named the "rhinestone."

The story of silver mining began about 5,000 years ago. Silver was first mined around 3,000 BCE in Anatolia, now located in modern-day Turkey. The precious metal helped early civilizations in the Near East, Ancient Greece to flourish.

The term "sterling silver" probably originated in eastern Germany when five towns formed the Hanseatic League in the 1100s. These town minted their own coins of 92.5 percent silver. When Britain sold cattle and grain to the League, they were paid in "Easterling coins".

Art deco jewelry is a style that stood out in the art deco period of 1910 to the 1930s. Some of the best designs were, however, designed in the 1920s. Jewelry from the art deco period is conspicuous due to its emphasis on color, abstraction, linear geometric patterns, and angular shapes.

Measurements: Necklace 15 1/2

Stone Size: Amethyst Crystal Rhinestone 9.00 mm each 

Weight: 8.40 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1920

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