Art Nouveau jewellery often displays soft, free-flowing designs inspired by nature, and here is a very beautiful antique photo locket from the Art Nouveau period of the late 1800's.
Made in sterling silver, this double sided locket measures 35.5mm across and has the same design on both sides of ivy tendrils climbing along a wall.
Historically ivy was used in jewellery and art to represent ever lasting love, friendship or marriage, and this adds to the romantic charm of this locket even more.
Able to hold two photos inside, this is a wonderful example of a piece of jewellery that is well over 120 years old, yet still looks as fashionable today as when it was made.
Art Nouveau photo locket
Art Nouveau photo locket made in sterling silver in the late 1800's.
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.
Where can I buy an antique photo locket?
Kalmar Antiques in Sydney's Queen Victoria Building always have a large range of genuine antique photo lockets.
Where can I buy antique jewellery in Australia?
At Kalmar Antiques in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. For over thirty five years, we have been dealing in fine quality antique jewellery and watches. With a wide range of antique engagement rings,
What did ivy represent in jewellery?
Ivy was used to represent ever lasting love, friendship or marriage.
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