The Arts and Crafts Movement preferred the look of a handcrafted aesthetic, stressed the use of natural materials and had inspiration based on the individual versus a group model. To put it a bit more simply, this school of art and design was a reaction to the industrialization and mechanized society of the late 19th century.
Less costly metals and stones were chosen in a salute to the intrinsic artistic value inherent in such “humble” substances. This example of pendant with necklace, large and beautifully wrought in sterling silver centers around a natural garnet cabochon of 13 mm in diameter. Bezel set with twisted rope decoration, the Renaissance color of the garnet was much admired. The pendant itself is a geometric stylization of a flower cluster with decorative motifs reminiscent of Islamic and medieval design forms. The original rolo chain and tube clasp remain with the necklace. Artful, this has a generous size and yet meticulous in its details.
Date: Circa 1910.