Everything old is Nouveau again
This fanciful butterfly is a prime specimen of Art Nouveau
As the 20th century was approaching, an imaginative and original style of jewelry-making burst forth from the vibrant European arts scene. The Art Nouveau (literally “New Art”) era, lasting from 1890 to 1910, was relatively brief, though it made a lasting contribution to the meaning of magnificent jewelry. Thinking of themselves as artists more than jewelry-makers, Art Nouveau jewelers took extra care to craft exquisite, breathtaking jewelry. Greatly influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, the jewelers looked to the natural world for inspiration. Flowers, leaves, birds and insects were all prevalent motifs.
Recently jewelry connoisseurs have a renewed appetite for the intricate and fanciful designs of Art Nouveau. The Nouveau Butterfly Brooch is a prime example of this exquisite jewelry without the steep estate sale price tag. Gleaming enameled mosaic work pairs with shimmering Austrian crystals to evoke a statement piece that will bring vintage-style glamour to the discerning lady with an eye for art.
- Yellow gold-finished enamel
- (56) Austrian Crystal Accents
- 2" x 1 3/4"
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