Antique Art Nouveau Era Sterling Silver & Amethyst Lady Pendant
Antique Art Nouveau Era (c.1890-c.1915) sterling silver and amethyst stone pendant. Pendant features a lady’s head with surrounding flowers and a amethyst stone in sterling setting. Metal has been tested for being sterling (925 parts per 1000)
Measurements: 2 1/2 inches wide
Weight: 6.8 grams
Pendant is in very good antique condition with patina & signs of wear located on the back of sterling silver due to age.
The pendant is unsigned.
History: 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.