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Necklace - Optical Titanio Diago

Optical Titanio Diago

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1973 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rivière, James, born 1949 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and titanium

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Archivo Storico Rivière

  • Museum number:

    M.2:1 to 3-2009

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 38, shelf D, box 5 []

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.

Physical description

Circular pendant of silver and multi-coloured striped titanium, hanging on a loop from a simple silver neckpiece

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1973 (made)


Rivière, James, born 1949 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and titanium


Height: 215 mm, Width: 120 mm, Depth: 7 mm

Descriptive line

Neckpiece, pendant and case 'Optical Titanium Diago'; Silver and titanium; designed and made by James Rivière; Italy, 1973


Silver; Titanium


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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