As the premier specialist in exquisite antique jewellery, Lannah Dunn has always fostered a deep relationship with, and rich love of, history and the fashions to accompany it. For over forty years we have been blessed with the privilege of possessing many precious, fine jewels sparkle in their own right and finding their next custodian. However, as we contend to tear our eyes from the exhilarating glamour of Bridgerton’s latest season, some distinctive Georgian pieces come to mind as our very own “diamonds of the season”.
The Georgian era, including its Regency period, spanned from 1714 to 1837. With it, blossomed an abundance of developments in technology and fashion. The impression these advancements made on the manufacture and style of jewellery was astronomical, prompting the fashioning of some truly magnificent pieces. Georgian jewellery was crafted laboriously and meticulously by hand, allowing for the achievement of exceptionally ornate pieces that are stylistically distinctive of their time.
Arguably one of our favourite treasures we are currently cherishing here at Lannah Dunn is our gleaming citrine rivière necklace. Reminiscent of warm sunlight, this necklace’s bright citrine stones radiate an enticing warm glow. An exceptionally rare find, particularly with its genuine, natural gemstones, the rivière necklace was a highly sought-after jewel for ladies of the Georgian era. Distinguished by its infinite circle of stones, the rivière necklace has been known to symbolise eternal love. A tasteful depiction of renowned Georgian romanticism. Furthermore, the name “rivière”, translating to “river” in English, refers to the style’s likeness to a river of gems flowing across the neck. Throughout the first and second seasons of Bridgerton, much like authentic Georgian times, a perfect rainbow of coloured gems adorn the décolletage of all ladies of the 'ton. In particular, Kate and Edwina in the second season’s Diamond Ball, arrive decorated in their own stunning rivière style necklaces in striking hues of azure and rose. Such irresistible treasures are truly befitting of prodigious parties of distinguished lords and ladies.