James Riviere started in jewelry in 1970 crafting pieces at the height of the mid century modern movement. His work lead to him being nominated as an honorary professor for a seminar on metal plastic forms at the University of Gdansk. His work in jewelry also further led him to participate in the establishment of the Goldsmith Design Center and at the IED, the European Institute of Design. He continued his work in jewelry and won competitions in 1972 and 73 in Milan. He even created pieces for Pope Benedict XVI. His work with titanium and enamel lead to further notoriety with pieces being placed for view in the Louvre, Victoria and Albert museum as well as the Vatican Museum.