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Art Nouveau diamond pendant hand made in gold and platinum

Art Nouveau jewellery of the late 19th and 20th Century often has a very flowing and sensual design that can be seen here in this glorious antique Art Nouveau diamond pendant made in the early 1900's.

Hand made in 18 carat yellow gold and platinum, the pendant was so expertly hand crafted with the sections set with diamonds not only having a flowing design, but also graduate in width. This gives the pendant such a flowing design that accentuates the design as well as showcasing the quality of the pendant.

The main body of the pendant is set with a sixteen European cut diamonds that total 1.24 carats along with sixty rose cut diamonds that total 0.42 carats. And then to finish it off, there are three mine cut diamonds set on the bail at the top that total 0.05 carats, bringing the total diamond weight to an impressive 1.71 carats.

Measuring 37.4mm across by 41.1mm or 49.9mm to the top of the bail, this pendant will certainly get the admiration that it deserves every time that it is worn.


Stock# ES9734

Circa: 1910



Art Nouveau diamond pendant hand made in gold and platinum


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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