These souvenirs included jewelry and items like this necklace were especially popular. This gorgeous necklace features forty-six hand carved and polished cabochon salmon coral beads. These lovely beads measure 4.7 mm in diameter. Each bead displays the beautiful pink-orange hue that makes salmon coral so rare and desirable, adding value to this lovely necklace.
As this is a Grand Tour piece, the beads were most likely hand-harvested off the coast off of the Italian coast. The beads display groove marks from having been hand carved, which is demonstrative of the skill and talent of the artisan who made this necklace. Between each salmon coral bead is a hollow, 18k yellow gold bead which was adorned with swirling hand twisted designs. Completing the necklace is a 14k rose and yellow gold spring ring clasp.
The warm orange hues of the coral is a lovely complement to the warm tones of the gold, and every portion of this lovely necklace serves to bring out the best in the other. This collar necklace has a wearable length of 15.5 which means that when worn, the necklace falls just at the collarbone for an elegant and sophisticated look, highlighting the decolletage.
A beautiful example of the types of jewelry bought on a Grand Tour, this necklace would make an excellent addition to any antique jewelry collection. Don't miss your chance to preserve this piece of cultural history. This item is slightly patinaed and worn in 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. The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau 14k 18k Rose Gold Etruscan Salmon Coral Beaded Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, November 17, 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.
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