Antique Handcrafted Art Nouveau Era Baltic Amber Beaded Necklace
Antique Art Nouveau Era (c.1890-c.1915) raw natural Baltic Amber beaded stone necklace with a brass spring ring clasp & securely attached to a plastic wire cord.
Measurements: 16” inches long in overall length
Weight: 29 grams
The necklace is in very good antique condition with natural patina to brass clasp & natural color variation to raw Baltic Amber stones
The necklace is unsigned.
History: Baltic Amber comes from the Baltic Region, which is the largest known source for amber. In ancient civilizations, amber jewelry was worn for a variety of sentimental reasons. Amber is considered an organic 'fossil resin' produced by trees that eventually started to grow resin after the climate became warmer in the Baltic region. Baltic Amber takes a lengthy time to form, which is about 30-40 million years. Baltic amber ranges from bright yellow to dark brown or brownish-orange depending on its age and where it is found.
The Art Nouveau jewelry era (c.1890-c.1915) literally means ‘New Art’ and emphasized an artistic movement within jewelry. The Art Nouveau era overlapped with the Victorian & Edwardian eras, and was relatively brief. However, this era of jewelry made a significant impact on jewelry designs and focused on art being a part of daily life. Art Nouveau jewelry emphasized the natural beauty of semi precious gemstones instead of the price value. Jewelers of this era considered themselves artists more than jewelry-makers. The themes of Art Nouveau jewelry includes mystical, romantic, and natural world depictions. Common designs of Art Nouveau jewelry include flowers such as orchids, insects like butterflies, and depictions of women. Settings with natural gemstones were important elements of Art Nouveau jewelry.