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James Rivière

James Rivière
Born (1949-12-07)December 7, 1949
Nationality Italian
Known for Jewellery, Design, Sculpture, Drawing, Artist
Notable work Monolith (2004)
Razionale (2007)
Rainbow (1994)

Alias of Vincenzo Teora Rivière. James Rivière jewels are present in private collections and museums. “Monolith” bracelet the Louvre museum, Paris) and "Razionale" for Pope Benedict XVI, Musei Segreti Vaticani.


When he was twenty five years old he was invited as an honorary professor for a seminar regarding plastic shapes in metal by the Faculty of Sculpture in Danzig. He has participated in the constitution of the Centro Design Orafo in Milan in 1977. In 1978 he founded the first seminar of Jewellery Design for the Istituto superiore di Design in Milan. He participated in the creation of the Jewellery Department of the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan where he taught for several years.


James Rivière creations embrace sculpture, painting, industrial design, fashion and architecture, however jewellery is his most important form of expression. He won the jewellery category of the Triennale di Milano in 1972 and 1973. A few examples of his creations are:

  • “Rainbow” necklace for Mikimoto, 1994
  • ”Razionale” for Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican Museums, 2007
  • “Monolite” bracelet, Louvre Museum (Musée des arts decoratifs, Palais du Louvre Paris),2007
  • Isole Innamorate, Private Collection, 1998
  • Emersioni da Atlantide, Private Collection, 1994
  • Goccie di Fuoco, Private Collection, 1991
  • “Luna Quadra” necklace, Private Collection, 1985
  • Segreto, Private Collection, 1988



  • "James Rivière, Gioielli Verso il Futuro," Agrifoglio, Milano 1991.
  • "James Rivière – Gioielli tra Arte e Design", Collana Grandi Gioiellieri, Leonardo Arte Editore – Gruppo Mondatori Editori, Milano 1998.
  • "L’Adorazione del Bramantino", Enigma Milanese, Electa – Kalliste Arte, Milano 2004.
  • Luciana baldrighi, "Diario di Città, milanesi in galleria", Sperling & Kupfer Editori ottobre 2000 Piacenza p. 222-223.


  • Guido Vergani, "Dizionario della Moda", Baldini&Castaldi–Pitti Immagine, Firenze 1998
  • "Dictionnaire International du Bijou", edition du Regard, Paris 1999
  • "Fashion Dictionary", Baldini&Castaldi–Pitti Immagine, Firenze 1999
  • Lia Lenti e Maria Cristina Bergesio, "Dizionario del Gioiello Italiano del XIX e XX secolo", Umberto Alemanni&Co, p. 243.

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