Of growing and becoming

Fine art nouveau necklace of tricolour gold, Germany circa 1900 and later

Just as the first blossoms of the year, the snowdrop, the lily of the valley and the crocuses herald the new year and the restart of life after the dark winter, Art Nouveau in the evening years of the 19th century also wanted to dare a new beginning in the field of art and in life as a whole. New forms in architecture, in painting and also in the arts and crafts were intended to help people achieve more freedom and also more happiness by aesthetically reshaping life. No wonder that the growth and development of plants was one of the most important sources of inspiration for the artists of this time. Thus, floral forms became the epitome of Art Nouveau as we see exemplified in the present necklace. The piece of jewellery features a centrepiece made from gold, which shows a blossom suspended from delicate chains. Stylized foliage forms an effective cartouche that frames the blossom. A ruby and a small diamond set accents here, and a shimmering pearl is pendulously attached to the showpiece. The technique used to create the centerpiece is called "en trois couleurs". This is because the gold used is worked in alloys of three different shades. It therefore shines in reddish, yellowish and slightly greenish shades. The necklace is handcrafted to a high standard, just as it corresponded to the ideals of early Art Nouveau - the gold chains and the pearl were added in our workshop, as the beautiful showpiece came to us as a fragment. The result is an enchanting piece of jewellery that brings new honour to an exquisite goldsmith's work of the Art Nouveau period and adds a cheerful note to any outfit.

The growth and development of plants was one of the most important sources of inspiration for the artists of Art Nouveau: in their search for a new art that would bring man, uprooted by industrialization and the big cities, back into harmony with himself and his environment, they turned to natural forms and created from them their own, previously unseen designs. Especially in France, dynamic, organic forms were created; Hector Guimard's metro entrances, for example, are famous. This new style was quickly adopted in all other European countries and was always modified in its own way. In Germany there was a tendency towards geometry, in Spain towards fantastic forms, and in Great Britain a fashion of its own developed. Especially in the field of jewellery, a series of easily recognisable designs emerged, which are still convincing today due to their freshness in form and colour.

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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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