This pendant is absolutely gorgeous to admire from near or far and is destined to become a cherished family heirloom.
Made in the early 1900's, the pendant was made in 15 carat gold and platinum and the beautiful flowing design is highlighted with enamel that still looks as fresh today as when it was made over a century ago. The colours stand out so beautifully especially when worn around the neckline.
And then the pendant is highlighted so elegantly by four natural pearls and one 0.06 carat European cut diamond sitting perfectly in the centre of the red flower.
With the pendant measuring 30.5mm across by 52mm, the size of this pendant is perfect for any time of the day or night and any occasion where it will certainly the attention and admiration that it rightly deserves.
Art Nouveau enamel, diamond and pearl pendant in gold and platinum
This antique Art Nouveau era pendant was made in 15 carat gold and platinum. Set with four natural pearls and a European cut diamond, it dates from the early 1900's.
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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