by Lillian Csernica on April 21, 2017
14k pearl and large cabochon moonstone ring. 1915, Brandt and Son.
A bee/wasp ring. Plique-a-jour enamel, diamond, and peridot.
Rose quartz cabochon set in sterling silver leaves. This ring is very unusual in that rose quartz is an uncommon stone in art nouveau jewelry.
From Lang Antiques:
“A placid pale-blue elongated oval aquamarine floats inside a fanciful and feminine openwork frame accented with twinkling diamond crescents and a pair of golden flowers. This extra-lovely and highly individualistic jewel measures 1 1/16 inches long by just over 5/8 inch wide.”
Egyptian Revival subset of art nouveau. 18k yellow gold, polychrome enamel, opal and rose-cut diamonds.
Georges Fouquet. Gold, enamel, opal, and pearl.
A gold and enamel “Fuschia” ring by Rene Lalique.
by Lillian Csernica on April 14, 2017
A gold brooch with emerald drops, old European-cut diamonds, and green and light pink plique-a-jour enamel. Marcus & Co., circa 1900.
A sterling silver ring with two ginko leaves holding a mother of pearl. Dumont, circa 1900.
A brooch in the shape of Birch leaves and seedlings, made of enamel and horn.
Gold, enamel, diamond and peridot “Ivy” brooch. Likely Austrian, circa 1900.
Leaf Brooch by Lalique. Gold, plique-a-jour enamel, and sapphire. 2 1/8 x 1 inch.
Water Lily leaf hair combs in green tinted horn with moonstones.
Iridescent enamel leaves accented with fresh water pearls. This pendant is likely the work of Meyle and Mayer, a German firm.
by Lillian Csernica on April 5, 2017
Another common motif in Art Nouveau is the dragonfly, particularly in the creations of master jeweler Rene Lalique. His name is synonymous with all that is best in Art Nouveau.
From The Jewellry Editor:
The dragonfly embodied many of the themes that the Art Nouveau style evoked: nature; sensuality; metamorphosis from one physical form to another; and a more fantastical approach as in the case of Lalique’s dragonflies turning into women.
Sterling silver art nouveau dragonfly ring.
Gold and blue sapphires.
A small, round, moulded-pressed opalescent glass box.
Tiara: enameled dragonflies all flying toward a large aquamarine.
Detailed view of the aquamarine and dragonfly tiara.
Gold dragonfly pitcher by Emile Galle.
There are so many lovely examples of dragonfly art in the world of Art Nouveau. I have room to show only a few. I hope these will encourage you to explore the world of Lalique and his talented contemporaries!