Jewellery from the Art Nouveau era of the late 1800's to the early 1900's is often characterised by having soft flowing lines, taking its inspiration from nature, and here is a very beautiful example of a genuine Art Nouveau diamond ring that was made in France in the late 1800's.
Hand made in 18 carat yellow gold the ring is set with two European cut diamonds that total 0.24 carats, they are millgrain set which can be seen as the fine crimping along the edge of the setting. But it is also the way the diamonds appear to be held in a loving embrace that adds so much charm to this ring giving it such an incredibly romantic feel to it. The swirl design adds so much character to the ring and will surprise many when they find out that this ring is over 120 years old, yet it still has such a modern look and feel to it.
Measuring 10mm wide at the centre, this is certainly one ring that will always be loved and admired.
Art Nouveau diamond ring made in France in the late 19th Century
This antique Art Nouveau diamond ring was hand made in eighteen carat yellow gold in France in the 1890's. It is set with two antique European cut diamonds in a very elegant design, typical of the Art Nouveau period of when it was made.
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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