by gesner12 on April 27, 2018


The Art Nouveau time period, 1890 -1915, is a span of time which included curved and flowing lines which were inspired by nature. Images of leaves, flowers, certain insects like dragonflies and butterflies, birds like peacocks and swans and even women’s faces with beautiful hair affected the style of architecture, jewelry, fine art, furniture, glass and metalwork. As it relates to jewelry, the Art Nouveau time period embraced all of the above mentioned themes and this jewelry was often crafted in platinum as well as yellow gold. Often times, you would see enameling and the use of a variety of stones such as aquamarine, peridot, pearls, opal and diamonds, for example.  Plique-a-jour jewelry which has exquisite see-through enameling was extremely popular during that time as well. We will discuss this type of jewelry in a future blog. This ultra-feminine jewelry was unique and highly sought after then and still is to this day.

Here is a wonderful example of a magnificent Art Nouveau Antique Fashion ring that was crafted in 18 karat yellow gold and features a 1.33ct. round opal with a beautiful play of color. Notice the curved lines of the leaves, which are enameled, in this very wearable piece of artwork. It is fully marked with French gold hallmarks and has the maker’s mark, Delurret, a well known and respected producer of Art Nouveau jewelry.

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