Spring messengers

Playful art nouveau necklace with amethysts & pearls, England circa 1902

The years around 1900: luxury and pure joie de vivre had been elevated to the ideal of the first decades of the 20th century: The new forms of Art Nouveau enriched art and the decorative arts with decorative forms never seen before. In the Europe of these years, centres quickly emerged, each of which took a different approach to the expression of the new style. While in France the School of Nancy led the way and floral motifs were transformed into spectacular new art forms, in Vienna the Wiener Werkstätte emerged with a stricter conception of ornamentation and created Gesamtkunstwerke that were to influence almost every area of human life. Abstract floral forms were also the inspiration for this English necklace and illustrate far more than a love of nature: like a warm breeze, Art Nouveau was intended to sweep away old formal sensibilities to make room for a new, fresh conception of art. We see this concept embodied particularly beautifully in the ornamentation of the present necklace. Asymmetrical yet harmonious, the fixed pendant in this piece of jewellery looks like an abstract weave of vegetal tendrils. There is no trace here of the historicising taste of the previous century. An off-centre blossom then bears the colours of spring: pearly white and purple like crocuses, embodied here by two amethysts, one of them drop-shaped. A small leaf ornament holds the chain together, consisting of elongated and round links, adding another beautiful detail to the pretty necklace. The piece of jewellery was created in England, where we also discovered it - it found its way to us in London.

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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.