Jewellery of the Art Nouveau period of when this necklace was made, is so elegant and refined, and there is no doubt that this antique necklace will always be admired from near or far.
Made in 18 carat yellow gold in the early 1900's, the necklace was designed with such a flowing, feminine design that looks even more amazing when worn around the neck.
Set with eight natural pearls, with four of them being set into the additional chain that drapes so elegantly across the neck, there are also two round aquamarines that total 0.60 carats and one 2.70 carat oval aquamarine set in the centre at the bottom.
Then there is the absolutely gorgeous enamel section in the centre which not only adds to the allure of the piece, but will take your breath away when you see the colours and detail in this section.
Measuring 39.5cm in length, this is truly a magnificent example of Art Nouveau jewellery at its finest.
Art Nouveau aquamarine and pearl necklace
When was the Art Nouveau era?
As this was an era defined by style, rather than a ruler, the exact ages are not distinct. Having said that, it is generally accepted to be from the 1890's until the start of World War One in 1914.
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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