The use of fringe once again became part of jewelry construction during the mid-Victorian era. It was then revitalized during the Art Nouveau movement.
The energy generated by this Art Nouveau necklace strikes a different chord than those from the 1870s. In this 18k yellow gold drape, a refined delicacy is imparted throughout every element. This aura comes about via the minute details crafted within every aspect.
With a rhythm of curving lines, the main element comes alive with organic shapes and surface texture. Open work conveys movement from by an oval opal center and outward to each end.
In addition, the myriad of fringe drops is always swaying as you move. A network of natural freshwater pearls allows that energy to flow throughout the necklace.
Exceptionally fine work, the handmade chains are twisted sections of gold wire interspersed with seed pearls. Flower heads of opals and pearls are intertwined — connecting the organic components of nature.
In all, four opals, total weight of .70 carats, and one hundred thirty-three natural freshwater seed pearls enliven one of the best examples of this type of necklace.