Stunning French Art Nouveau Pearls Roses Necklace 18k Gold Heavy
They held an exhibition in Paris in the summer of 1900, ‘The World’s Fair’ they called it, imagine that, one fair for all the world?! Paris built a new public transport system to accommodate the expected crowds and they asked the architect Hector Guimard to design it. Taking his inspiration from nature and from the bourgeoning Art Nouveau movement, Guimard designed the sinuous, whiplash laden entrances with serpentine lamppost topped with glowing red orbs like flowers ready to burst into bloom. Over the covered entrances he built glass porticos that resemble nothing so much as the wing of a dragonfly. This necklace could easily have been made at just this same time, inspired by Guimard’s design. I wonder if someone wore it to the World’s Fair? Maybe the took the Metro?
This wonderful Art Nouveau French necklace features five plaques that highlight the whiplash motif, roses and other natural forms of this lovely style of design. Each of the plaques graduates from the center and each is hung with a natural white pearl; the largest of these measures 26 mm across and 30 mm long including the pearl drop. The necklace was hand crafted in about 1890-1900 of 18 karat gold, it has a lovely heft to it, each plaque being quite solid. The necklace is 18.5 inches long and weighs 19.2 grams. The jump ring at the back bears French hallmarks including a makers mark and the eagle’s head indicating a gold purity of 18 karat.
These beautiful French Art Nouveau jewels used to be something I came across with every visit to France, but really nice ones like this are getting very hard to come by, if you’ve been looking for one, now’s your chance!
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