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by: Andrew

I came across a necklace made by your company,how would I get info on it? It is very old

by: Carole

I have a certified cultured pearls in water
By Cezanne. I have the original paper.It's a single strand.My local jeweler priced it at $850.I inherited the pearls from my grandmother.Can you give me more information?

Cezanne by Richelieu
by: Anonymous

I have a strand of Cezanne by Richelieu pearls that I got to wear for my wedding in 1963. they have a sterling clasp. can you tell me anything about the quality of them?
Are they cultured pearls if they are by Richelieu? It looks like the finish is worn. Can that be fixed? I still have the box they came in but no other information. The box is black with gold trim with white satin on the inside. Cezanne by Richelieu is printed on the inside of the lid.
thanks for any comments.

Richelieu Pearl Information
by: Yvonne

Good Morning!

Beth, these boxed pearls by Richeliue look gorgeous. I had a biological "shift" just looking at them. Thank you for the photo. No wonder he called them Cézanne (1839–1906) no doubt, in honor of French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.

In a 1915 article in the New York Times, it states, that Richelieu Pearls were made by painting an iridescent foundation with a substance obtained by a fish, that lived, (or at least it lived in 1915) in European rivers. Sounds like an imitation pearl process, doesn't it, similar to Majorica Pearls.

Indicating that Richelieu originally, were making imitation pearls...

now, if you look Wikipedia link:

"Richelieu Inc. was a cultured pearl manufacturer in New York City which formed in January 1933. The business was incorporated through the merger of Heller-Deltah Company and Joseph H. Meyer Brothers. The former firm made Deltah, La Tausca, and Bluebird pearls. The latter produced Richelieu pearls. Richelieu Inc., had its offices at 8 West 30th Street in Manhattan (New York).

The original company was founded by Joseph H. Meyer & Brothers in Brooklyn, New York, in 1911. Richelieu pearls were popular as an affordable alternative for consumers who were looking for inexpensive yet attractive jewels."

Happy Hunting



Pearl Merger Arranged, New York Times, January 9, 1933,

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