Antique Jugendstil Silver Chalcedony Necklace

Jugendstil emerged in Germany around 1890. It was the Art Nouveau movement, a time of geometric and natural design, but in another language. Jugendstil means, “youth style” in German, a term that stemmed from a periodical magazine of the time. This necklace was crafted during phase II of Jugendstil, which occurred after 1900. This abstract and organic period took over everything, architecture, painting, furniture, utensils, textiles, etc. This decorative antique silver necklace is one of the masterpieces that emerged from this era.

This piece features six green chalcedony stones. It was made in Germany around 1910 and features a diamond shaped pendant in the artistic Jugendstil style. It is 17.5 inches in length and weighs 8.1 grams. This piece is hallmarked with the weevil, meaning that while it was made in Germany, it was imported into France, handcrafted in silver of 800 minimum fineness. All of the chalcedony gemstones are cabochon cut in a beautiful emerald shade of green. The top stone is 9 x 6.4 mm while the center stone is 11 x 6.4 mm. The remaining four measure 3 x 2 mm.

This piece showcases long lines, symmetry, and workmanship, making it not only the perfect example of Jugendstil, but it is also beautiful and timeless.




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