The creations of the Art Nouveau movement were influenced by a reaction to the impact that industrialization had on the arts. The opening of “exotic foreign” lands such as Japan, gave rise to the exposure of the distinctive work of these artists which helped shape the style.
Subjects such as peacocks and swans use embraced for their free-flowing, curving lines with sinuous shape. Here the natural curves of the swan with its long undulating neck is serves as the motif for an 18k yellow gold pendant.
Standing upon a .10 carat old European cut diamond (I-J color; SI2-3 clarity) encased in a gold bezel, a swan is suspended by the tips of its detailed wings as it extends its neck to reach for a 4 mm natural freshwater pearl. The overall composition seems restless and alive yet projects a strong balance.
A modern Italian-made 18k yellow gold anchor chain accompanies the graceful bird.