Listing Description by: Dylan L. Age Circa: Art Nouveau C. Metal Type: 14k Rose Gold. Metal Melt Value: -- (Value All-Inclusive Weight).Main Stone Carat Weight/Color: Measures 5.2 mm in long by 4.1 mm wide, Opaque pink-orange hue. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts: Carved and Polished Cabochon beads. Item Measurements: The necklace measures 22.5" long by 0.20" wide.
Link Type: Coral Beads on String. This necklace was handmade during the Art Nouveau era. These stones would have been sourced off the Mediterranean coast. These hand were hand carved, as can be seen in the grooves in the stones. The gold clasps were made using the repousse technique.The repousse technique dates back as far as the 3rd century BC and involves hand hammering precious metals into beautiful and intricate patterns. This item is slightly patinaed on both the high and low relief portions, which is to be expected of an item this age. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a common material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it.
The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. The Grand Tour was the standard European vacation of the Georgian and Victorian eras. The opportunity it gave for studying culture, architecture and art made it a tradition, especially for the upper classes. The Grand Tour was popularized by the poet Lord Byron and the writer Mary Shelley, who was the author of Frankenstein. The Grand Tour was an opportunity for wealthy travelers to explore the world and experience different cultures over a 2 to 4-year period.And what better memento of this long trip than pieces of native souvenir jewelry such as Italian cameos, mosaic, and pietra dura. Pieces often had historical inspirations from the remnants of Pompeii to the pyramids of Egypt. Cultural learning was a focal point of the grand tour and the process of remembrance spilled over into jewelry souvenirs. Salmon coral is harvested almost exclusively in the Mediterranean off the coasts of Italy, France, Spain, Algeria, and Tunisia. Salmon coral has widely been valued as the rarest and most beautiful of all coral types.
During the Victorian era, only the richest of the rich could afford to have this form of coral harvested and imported into Europe and North America. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front.Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling.
The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. The item "Antique Vintage Art Nouveau 14k Gold Carved Salmon Coral Womens Beaded Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, October 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants".The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.