Monday, March 4, 2013

Les Rivières: Deuxième Partie

Updated Nov 22, 2013: please see bold below

(I used Google Translate for that title, so if it's wrong please tell me.  I'm bilingual, but French ain't one of my linguas.)

Napoleon & the Empire of Fashion
Angeline, c. 1810
I don't know about you guys, but after that last post about collet or rivière style necklaces, I found myself in need of some serious retail therapy.  I mean, I'm a no-frills kind of girl, but who doesn't love a pretty bit of sparkle?  Luckily for you, I'm being strict with myself on spending, so my shopping is all just window-shopping.  Fortunately, you get to benefit from my browsing!

So, as far as owning your own rivière, there are two options.  Original, or reproduction?  Mostly, it depends on how much of a purist you are, and how much money you want to spend.  For an original, you can expect to spend a few hundred dollars, minimum.  If you have the cash to burn, you could easily drop five figures (and be sure to invite me over to see it.)  For the rest of us, you can nab a repro for less than a couple hundred...phew!

Citrine Collet by Duchessa Jewels

My first pick for a beautiful repro at a decent price is definitely Duchessa Jewels.  Duchessa offers a variety of stones and metals to suit your fancy, and although they're a modern take on a period classic I think creator Nerida Aylott definitely maintains the timeless aesthetic of the collet style rather than specifically recreating extant objects from a certain era.  The website cites a Georgian influence, but I see similarities in Victorian pieces, too.  Overall I'd say it's a good look for a respectable price...and on her blog, she mentions that a lot of other things are for sale, so I'd say contact her if you're interested in matching earrings, bracelets, etc.

Sacred Cake on Etsy

Next up is Sacred Cake on Etsy.  These are really pretty, and come about as close as the ones from Duchessa...the settings are different from period examples, but the way they're linked is similar, so in my opinion it's a matter of preference--six of one, half a dozen of the other, so to speak.  They're also slightly cheaper, so you'd have more money left over to buy fabric...right?  Unless, of course, you pick up a matching pair of earrings while you're browsing on Etsy.  You can check out the owner, Jennifer Valentine, on her blog.

Try me instead!  Link below.

Taylor Shelby at Dames a la Mode is running a by-reenactors-for-reenactors operation to fill a previously empty niche in the market of much-needed pretty things for historically minded people.  She sells beautiful ribbons and excellent millinery flowers and leaves, and has recently expanded her repertoire to include gorgeous collets and sets in the style we've been discussing here.  Her prices absolutely cannot be beat, and I would definitely say she is now my favorite one-stop-shop for period pretty things.  Also, definitely do contact her about custom work if you've got a particular desire; she's really great!
Antique Silver Gold Garnet Paste Riviere Necklace C1900
by CJ Antiques Ltd
By Juicy Couture

Let's talk about my love-hate relationship with Ebay.  There are some great deals to be had on Ebay, and I love a deal.  On the other hand, there are some great deals to be had on Ebay...and my wallet cries every time I go there.  Above are two examples of good deals, both for different reasons.  The top example is an original piece currently listed at what seems to be a great price.  The bottom example is a modern piece, released by Juicy Couture but currently out of stock on their website and listed several places on Ebay for less than the original price.  As far as antiques go, I highly recommend CJ Antiques friend Julie linked me to them on Facebook and since then I've bought a Georgian garnet & pearl ring and a watch fob from them.  They're super nice, great about layaway, and have some really nice stuff.  Remember that love-hate thing?  I love wallet doesn't!

Now, I understand not everyone is in the business of getting things as accurate as possible and some people just want as much sparkle as humanly possible.  In my internetty wanderings, I did come up with a few really pretty pieces that aren't quite accurate enough for my taste but might be just your cup of tea.  Etsy is a gold mine, what can I say?

By ParisiJewelry
By ParisiJewelry
By Bouvier Jewelry
By Bouvier Jewelry
So there we go!  We've got more than a little sparkle, and quite enough to go around.  Whether you want an original to finish off your period impression, or a bold statement for a modern outfit, the collet style might be just the thing.  Happy shopping!

Some of you may have noticed this post seems to have been fluctuating a lot lately.  There's a bit more information in my January 7th, 2014 entry, but long story short is that there was some drama, it's over now, and I'm not editing this post anymore.  Everyone should go buy some nice shiny jewelry and be happy! :)