Perhaps one of the most coveted item of Georgian jewelry is the reviere. This reviere has flat cut, foil back almandine garnets all set in hand crimped collets. The color of the garnet is rich, and ruby like, having the glorious variation of hue created by the foil beneath each stone. The purpose of foil was to bring light to the stone and enhance color, as the stones were characteristically closed in the back.
The necklace is beautifully,hand rendered in a mellow rose gold. It measures 16 1/8 inches long, terminating with a secure concealed push clasp. Two garnet sections near each side of the clasp have been added to obtain this longer length as most revieres of this period were chokers. The sections are from the same period and match perfectly. They are easily removed without any damage to the necklace, if a smaller length is desired. The central garnet measures 3/8 inches down x slightly less than 1/2 inch across. There are a few negligible dings on the reverse. The condition is excellent. For similar examples refer to the book, Georgian Jewellery, by Ginny Dawes and Olivia Collings.
These original revieres are now quite rare to find, and this is a fine example. Its simplicity and timeless beauty make it so easy to wear, day or evening. England, circa 1800