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Antique Art Nouveau natural pearl and amethyst pendant

Here is a very elegant antique pendant from the Art Nouveau period that has such elegant flowing lines that combined with the natural pearl suspended from the bottom, is so typical of the era.

Made in 9 carat rose gold in the early 1900's, the pendant measures 24.8mm across by 39.8mm plus the bail for a chain to pass through, and is the perfect size to wear for any occasion.

Set with an oval amethyst in the centre with another pearl set just below, this is such an elegant and unassuming example of antique jewellery that will never go out of fashion or style.


Stock# ET450

Circa: 1900


SKU: ET450 Categories: , ,

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Antique Art Nouveau natural pearl and amethyst pendant


A brief history on the Art Nouveau era:

The Art Nouveau era started in the 1890’s and continued to the start of World War One in 1914. Whereas the Victorian era used a lot of symmetry, Art Nouveau jewellery started to use more “organic” styles 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, Art Nouveau jewellery has a very soft, free flowing style. This has produced its very own distinct style and genre.

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.

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