Enameled Snake and Baroque Pearl Necklace

$1,000.00
About Details History

The organic shape of this diamond-crowned coiled snake is the perfect compliment to the large, irregular baroque pearl at the center of this Art Nouveau pendant. The orange > yellow > chartreuse enamel is translucent, allowing the serpent's scales to show through.  At just over 1/2" tall, it makes a perfect pendant, but it's original life was at the top of a gentleman's stickpin.  We removed the pin and added a new gold chain to make it a necklace. 

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold, enamel, .01ct diamond, baroque pearl
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: pendant measures 1/2", 18" chain
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.

 

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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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About Details History

The organic shape of this diamond-crowned coiled snake is the perfect compliment to the large, irregular baroque pearl at the center of this Art Nouveau pendant. The orange > yellow > chartreuse enamel is translucent, allowing the serpent's scales to show through.  At just over 1/2" tall, it makes a perfect pendant, but it's original life was at the top of a gentleman's stickpin.  We removed the pin and added a new gold chain to make it a necklace. 

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold, enamel, .01ct diamond, baroque pearl
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: pendant measures 1/2", 18" chain
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.

 

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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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