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Antique Art Nouveau enamel and natural pearl necklace

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Antique Art Nouveau enamel and natural pearl necklace. Highlighted with enamel, this Art Nouveau enamel and natural pearl necklace is just divine.

 A brief history on the Art Nouveau era:

Whereas the Victorian era would use a lot of symmetry in its style, the Art Nouveau era started to use more “organic” styling and forms, as well as no longer being symmetrical. The term “whiplash design” is one that is often used to describe some Art Nouveau forms of jewellery.

With a style that is very feminine, the Art Nouveau era is a very soft, free flowing style that has produced its very own genre. This can be seen here in this antique Art Nouveau enamel and natural pearl pendant.

Materials and techniques not previously used before in jewellery making in Europe and the United Kingdom were now being used.

Enamelling was used quite extensively, and this was not limited to being used on “precious” metals such as gold. The use of silver became very popular as a metal to create jewellery that is still today breathtaking.

This included the wonderful enamelling technique of plique a jour – a French term meaning “open to light” where the finished piece has transparent enamel held between the thin metal wires.

Other materials used during the Art Nouveau period was ivory, amber and blister pearls to name a few.

Some of the more famous jewellers of this period include Rene Lalique, Carl Faberge, George Fouquet, and Louis Tiffany. These were people who often did not limit themselves to just jewellery and from their factories produced some of the most breathtaking works of art in the form of lamps and lampshades, bowls and various other works of art.

The Art Nouveau era stopped at the start of World War I, whereas the Art Deco period thrived and continued on well into the 1920’s.

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