During the Victorian period both Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts pieces started to emerge. Arts and Crafts was an international design movement that flourished between 1860 and 1910. Jewelers were moving away from the straight laced common lines and created Nouveau and Arts and Crafts styles. The preferred cuts for Arts and Crafts jewelry was cabochon cuts and smooth lines rather than the faceted stones of earlier eras. Silver was also the preferred metal rather than gold. Like Art Nouveau jewelry, during this time humble materials were preferred such as brass and copper. Enamel continued to be popular, but it became simpler with less flowing lines than you see in Art Nouveau styles.
This fine necklace is a wonderful example of an Arts and Crafts piece. The Festoon necklace has clear carved amber flowers with opaque amber beads which are in the center of each. Each flower is set in wonderful open filigree work which is very detailed. There is a wonderful drop from the bottom which has 3 articulated areas with a small matching flower. The entire piece is set in 900+ Silver. The back of the necklace is absolutely superb. The amount of work that went into finishing off the back of the necklace is stunning. Frankly, I've not seen such fine detail to the underside of a piece so wonderful.
The necklace measures 16" long. The center drop's 3" long. All of the amber has been professionally tested and it is all genuine. The necklace is in very good condition. There are some minor nicks and nibbles to some of the edges of the flowers however it is quite exaggerated in the photos. It is near impossible to notice with the naked eye. The circa on this beautiful necklace is 1895, likely American Made. This is spectacular and the nicest example of Arts and Crafts Jewelry I have owned. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
Thoughts on a wee bit of damage... As I go along through the years of collecting antique jewels myself I have become much more forgiving of a tiny little nick or chip. Even a replaced or soldered piece does not bother me as long as it was well done. These jewels are 1-3 Centuries old. They were owned and loved sometimes for hundreds of years. I now understand that if I find something unique or unusual that I will not be seeing it, in most cases ever again..
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