The Art Nouveau movement emerged as an antidote to the formality of the long Victorian period in the arts. It was all about the connection with nature and all that is flora, fauna, earth, oceans and skies. The makers of Art Nouveau movement embraced the natural beauty and used gems of free form shapes. These were the perfect organic and natural alternative to the ordered, polished formality of Victorian jewels. The artistic style of the art Nouveau period drew on the flowing, organic, floral lines from the 1890's and onto a more abstract and aesthetically raw phase in the beginning of the 20th century.
Our stunning brooch dates from the early Art Nouveau period, around 1890. The style of the diamond and green garnet setting still draws on the tradition of the Victorian workmanship. She is truly one of the most exquisite Art Nouveau pieces we have ever had.... with her graceful, fluid shape and luscious natural baroque pearls. She was most certainly created by one of the greats of the period, portraying an artful expression of a snowdrop flower caught in a moment. Her quality is absolutely out of this world and extremely special.
There are no hallmarks or maker's marks to be found unfortunately, but sometimes this is the case. Much of the jewellery of this period was not hallmarked. The style and the workmanship point to the Continental Europe, most likely the Austro-Hungarian Empire territories that stretched all the way to Russia. The pin has a later mark of 750 for 18 karat gold. The newer hallmarking was required in many countries if the jewellery was to be re-sold from around 1950's. The pin and the clasp are original to the brooch and are late 19th century. There is also a small, early repair to the back of the brooch, which you can only see and examine with the jewellers loupe.
Her gems are set in silver over gold. The flower's stem and leaves are set with rose cut diamonds while the bud features a fancy brown old cut diamond. The flower is a truly glorious snowdrop expressed to perfection with three beautiful natural river baroque pearls that opened up from their base set with green demantoid garnets. The garnets colour even reflects the shading of green on an opening bud. The pearls have a stunning shape and lustre. Beautiful!!
She is 56.37 mm long and 21.81 wide, weighing 7.9 grams. She needs to be pinned to a jacket, thicker sweater or a scarf, as due to her weight she will not show you her best face on thin and light fabric. The pin has an extra safety feature and you can hang her on a chain as a pendant too, as shown on our photos. Apart from the mentioned small, old repair she is in great antique condition.
We love ..... this stunning snowdrop from the glorious era of Louis Tiffany and Rene Lalique. Wearing her feels like stepping into the magical Nouveau natural world where progress meant a return to the basics, the beauty and love of nature.
* Please kindly note that other jewellery in our photos is for your inspiration and not included in this listing *
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Art Nouveau Snowdrop Flower Demantoid Garnet Diamond Natural Baroque Pearl Brooch Pin
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