This 14K red gold Austria-Hungarian Art Nouveau pendant from 1895 is a reflection of a lady's grace. Within the interplay of silver flowing lines encrusted with 38 old mine brilliant cut diamonds, a ruby hearted flower with four blue enamelled petals blooms above five green and pink enamelled leafs. As the completing touch of elegance, a seed pearl swings sprightly from the bottom.
Antique jewelry object group: pendant
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Austria-Hungarian origin.
Style: Between Victorian and Art Nouveau - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament.
The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era. Art Nouveau (French for New Style) is an international movement and style of art, architecture and applied ar - especially the decorative arts - that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905).
The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". It is also known as “Jugendstil”, German for "youth style", named after the magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italy, Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularised the style. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms.
Art Nouveau is an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life.
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Style specifics: The style of this jewel announces the coming of the Art-Nouveau style.
Period: ca. 1895
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Source of inspiration: Mother Nature
Material: 14K red gold and silver.
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Technique: Enamelling is an old and widely-adopted technology. The ancient Egyptians applied enamels to pottery and stone objects. The ancient Greeks, Celts, Russians, and Chinese also used enameling processes on metal objects. Enamel is the colorful result of fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius. The powder melts and flows and hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, glass or ceramic. According to some sources, the word enamel comes from the High German word smelzan (to smelt) via the Old French esmail. Used as a noun, "an enamel" is a usually small decorative object, coated with enamel coating, such as a champlevé or a cloisonné (different techniques).
Diamonds: 38 old mine brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.50 crt.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Precious stones: One ruby and one seed pearl
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Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April, ruby for July and pearl for June.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: height 4.30 cm (1.69 inch)
Weight: 5.10 gram (3.28 dwt)
Reference Nº: 11227-0024
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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