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Graceful Art Nouveau pendant, Paris circa 1900

The epoch of Art Nouveau was a time of new beginnings in art history. The ever repetitive world of forms of historicism, which reverted to previous styles, was finally to be overcome. The artists were looking for a new sense of form, which should be completely committed to the here and now. The world of plants in particular was an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the goldsmiths of the time. The manifold forms of blossoms and leaves inspired ever new elegant designs and stood symbolically for the forces of the new and the social awakening. Especially in France, dynamic, organic forms were created; Hector Guimard's metro entrances, for example, are famous. This pendant from the Paris of the 1900s shows all the grace and elegance of this art movement. Made of high-carat gold and light platinum, it presents itself in the form of two flowers that are inclined towards each other. Between them we see an elongated rhombus of light platinum with three natural pearls and glittering diamond roses. A natural pearl in an irregular baroque shape is attached to the jewel. The period-typical work from the height of Art Nouveau is in very good condition. We have fitted it with a matching gold chain so that it can now be worn anew.

The predecessors of today's brooches were brooches worn to fasten coats. These pieces of jewellery resembled a safety pin and served to hold garments together at the shoulders. These brooches also announced the status of their owner and as early as the Bronze Age they were decorated with figures and decorated with art. The Romans designed their brooches so splendidly that they were subject to luxury taxes. The fibula - and since the Middle Ages a similarly designed piece of jewellery called a Fürspann - ensured the correct fit of clothing for almost 3,000 years. However, at the latest since the invention of the button, the fibula and the Fürspann became increasingly superfluous in their function - and were now able to develop into purely decorative objects, initially at the court of Louis XIV in the 17th century.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.

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