Item Measurements: The necklace has a wearable length of 16.0. The pendant measures 2.68" in length and 1.4" wide.
Link Type: Specialty Link Chain. Notable Features: This necklace was handmade during the Art Nouveau era.
925 sterling silver, the necklace features an ornate filigree pendant accented with a large aquamarine stone. An era of elegant and sophisticated jewelry, the Art Nouveau period saw the rise of jewelry designs which expressed the beauty of nature. As indicated by the sword assay mark located on the clasp, this necklace was made in the Netherlands.
The aquamarine stone is the focal point of this necklace, drawing attention with its vibrant, pale blue hue. Resting in an open back bezel, light is able to filter through the semi-translucent stone and reflect off its facets with eye-catching sparkle while illuminating its lovely blue color.
The sterling silver bezel the aquamarine stone sits in is the perfect complement to the stone, enhancing its naturally cool tone as well as highlighting the beauty of the metal. Elegant detail is provided in this pendant by filigree sterling silver, which was crimped by hand into curling bands. A thick, geometric shaped border surrounds the filigree and would have been a very fashionable shape during the Art Nouveau era. Completing the necklace is a sterling silver specialty link chain with a hook clasp for comfortable and secure wear. When worn, this necklace sits just below the collarbone on most people with the pendant resting against the decolletage in the lavaliere style.
A classic example of Art Nouveau era jewelry styles, this necklace would make a valuable addition to any antique jewelry collection. Don' t miss your chance to preserve this piece of cultural history. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large.
Enamel was a common material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production. Of many products, including some jewelry.
Lavalieres are necklaces that include a fairly long chain or small link necklace, that ends in a single large pendant or tassel, which in turn often has additional pendants or tassels dangling from it. Though named for a mistress of Louis XIV, the style is usually associated with turn-of-the-20th-century jewelry and remained popular into the 1930s.A stunning variety of the mineral beryl, aquamarine was named after the Latin word for seawater. Aquamarines with visible flaws are uncommon and the cost of producing synthetic aquamarine is high, therefore most aquamarine gems are natural.
Light blue topaz is often mistaken for aquamarine. The large size of its crystal lattice makes many of its specimens ideal for faceting into larger sized gemstones, and thus it is seen in many opulent designs from various periods in time.Royalty commonly favored these large, precious stones. Varying in color from light blue to light green, its subtle beauty carries over well into a wide variety of jewelry styles. The value of aquamarine is often based on how limpid, or clear, it is in appearance. Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC.
It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads until a final motif emerges. It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia.
The item "Antique Vintage Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Dutch Aquamarine Filigree Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, November 25, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.