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Art Nouveau Moonstone & Pearl Festoon Necklace


The style of Art Nouveau was more a philosophical than an artistic reaction to the rapid urbanization of America and Europe due to the Industrial Revolution which occurred from the later 18th century onward. Aesthetics turned toward a more individual handmade artisan approach to style as a counterpoint to the mass-produced machine made items which were encroaching upon the marketplace. American artists and architects such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Maxwell Parrish and Louis Sullivan were making their mark upon the decorative arts.

Without exception, inspiration for this superb example of American Art Nouveau is grounded in the natural environment and clearly defines what the sensual movement of the style personifies. This 14k yellow gold festoon necklace is the perfect vehicle to illustrate the fluidity, sensuality and symbolism expected in a jewel of this period. A modified iris flower captures three natural pearls (untested but assumed natural) and an oval moonstone cabochon within its folds and as it suspends another moonstone cab as a drop. The festoons are decorated with tiny gold floral clusters and four small round moonstones cut en cabochon. All six moonstones glow with a stunning blue metallic sheen which shimmers across the surface of each gem.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: Length of chain is 14 7/8 inches (38 cm) and the drop is 2 inches from the chain to the bottom of the oval moonstone (5 cm). The length from circular moonstone to circular moonstone is 3 1/4 inches (8.4 cm). Weight of 10.7 grams (6.9 dwt).

Hallmarks: “14k”; "D".

Condition: Excellent.

Date & Origin: Circa 1900 and is American in origin.

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