I is for Insect (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

by Lillian Csernica on April 11, 2017




A butterfly with a cushion-cut aquamarine and cabochon opal body, extending blue and green plique-a-jour enamel wings, enhanced by cabochon rubies and calibre-cut emeralds, accented by a collet-set diamond and gold wirework detail, mounted in gold. Boucheron, 1900.


Bentley & Skinner

A Victorian moonstone and diamond beetle brooch, the body of the beetle brooch set with cabochon-cut moonstones, the head and central streak of the body set with old brilliant-cut diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of 0.6 carats, with cabochon-cut ruby eyes, all set to a yellow gold back and sword with pearl set to the handle. Circa 1890.



An Art Nouuveau gold, enamel, and opal scarf clip. Georges Fouquet, 1900s. Centering on an opal cicada set between open work enamel ivy leaves.



Sprigs of mistletoe set with circular and rose-cut diamonds, highlighted with pearls, to a central knife edge work web with a spider, its head a circular-cut diamond and its abdomen a similarly cut diamond of brown tint.

If you like spider jewelry (shudder!), you might enjoy this.



Brooch with stylized bees. Natural pearls, green enamel, and 18k gold.


V and A Collections

Gold and enamel brooch in the shape of a flower and a hornet, made by Georges Fouquet and designed by Charles Desrosiers. Paris, France, 1901.



Filed under #atozchallenge, Art Nouveau, artists, Blog challenges, classics, creativity, fantasy, Uncategorized

6 responses to “I is for Insect (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

  1. That butterfly is gorgeous!

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  2. Can’t say I’m a lover of insects, but these jewels are just beautiful 🙂

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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  3. Yeah, the butterfly is the real stand-out for me, but they’re all pretty special.

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