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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

This object consists of 2 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.

Optical Titanio Diago

Necklace
1973 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The 1970s saw much experimentation with new materials in jewellery. Amongst the most colourful was the refractory metal titanium, with its iridescent surface colouring achieved by passing controlled electric currents through the metal. This pendant by the Milan-based jeweller James Rivière (born 1949) is an interesting and relatively early example of titanium being used in jewellery.

The design of the pendant, with its layered patterning of parallel lines, was influenced by Op or Optical Art, and relates to themes being explored by Rivière from the late 1960s.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Pendant
  • Neckpiece
  • Case
Materials and Techniques
Silver and titanium
Brief Description
Neckpiece, pendant and case 'Optical Titanium Diago'; Silver and titanium; designed and made by James Rivière; Italy, 1973
Physical Description
Circular pendant of silver and multi-coloured striped titanium, hanging on a loop from a simple silver neckpiece
Dimensions
  • Height: 215mm
  • Width: 120mm
  • Depth: 7mm
Credit line
Given by the Archivo Storico Rivière
Summary
The 1970s saw much experimentation with new materials in jewellery. Amongst the most colourful was the refractory metal titanium, with its iridescent surface colouring achieved by passing controlled electric currents through the metal. This pendant by the Milan-based jeweller James Rivière (born 1949) is an interesting and relatively early example of titanium being used in jewellery.



The design of the pendant, with its layered patterning of parallel lines, was influenced by Op or Optical Art, and relates to themes being explored by Rivière from the late 1960s.
Collection
Accession Number
M.2:1 to 3-2009

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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