This kind of graduated necklace was crafted by the renowned jewelry artist Rene Jules Lalique. Having had the piece for several years making sure that "RL" is the stamp to authenticate this piece I have the heads up and that is what we have in this piece. There are few other signed listings of this artist on Ruby Lane, so rare are his pieces. The necklace measures 18" long on this gold plated chain with iconic closure where the stamp is on the bar of the decorated closure. The design is very subtle and executed to perfection. The smokey colored quartz looks like a garnet in some light and a smokey topaz in another. The smallest tear shape smoky quartz are wired to the chain and the next set adds a facetted rondelle and then a larger pear, then a set with a slightly larger rondelle and pear together and then double rondelles with the center pear shape. This is a very fine piece of Art Nouveau jewelry by the famed Rene Jules Lalique.
Here is some more history on Rene Jules Lalique:
Lalique's early life was spent learning the methods of design and art he would use in his later life. At the age of two, his family moved to a suburb of Paris, but traveled to Ay for summer holidays. These trips influenced Lalique's later naturalistic glasswork. In 1872, when he was twelve, he entered the Collège Turgot where he started drawing and sketching. With the death of his father two years later, Lalique began working as an apprentice to goldsmith Louis Aucoc in Paris and attended evening classes at the Ecole des arts décoratifs. He worked there from 1874-1876 and subsequently spent two years at the Crystal Palace School of Art Sydenham, London.
At the Sydenham Art College, his skills for graphic design were improved, and his naturalistic approach to art was further developed. When he returned from England, he worked as a freelance artist, designing pieces of jewellery for French jewelers, Cartier, [Boucheron] and others. In 1885, he opened his own business and designed and made his own jewellery and other glass pieces. By 1890, Lalique was recognized as one of France's foremost Art Nouveau jewellery designers; creating innovative pieces for Samuel Bing's new Paris shop, Maison de l'Art Nouveau. He went on to be one of the most famous in his field, his name synonymous with creativity, beauty and quality.
Item ID: LC 001768
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