Photo courtesy of Scott Papper, GIA GG, AJP, CM (NAJA), Global Gemology & Appraisals
Art Nouveau literally translates to new art, which describes this short, but sweet, jewelry period perfectly.
While Belle Époque jewelry was being produced during the same time as Art Nouveau jewelry, they couldn't be more opposite. Art Nouveau jewelry designers rebelled against the monochromatic designs of Belle Époque jewelry and opted for colorful and creative, handmade designs inspired by nature and/or the female figure.
Art Nouveau jewelry was so creative and perhaps ahead of its time that it wasn't actually appreciated by the masses until years later. The designs were so bold and sometimes risqué, featuring motifs of a nude female figure. Women of the era were dressed extremely conservatively, so jewelry items like this were considered to be taboo.
METALS COMMONLY USED
• Multicolor Gold (Yellow Gold, Green Gold & Rose Gold) • Silver
Tri-color gold and 4-color gold pieces were common in the Art Nouveau era, mixing different combinations of yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and green gold.