Art Nouveau Jewelry, French for “New Art”, originated in France around 1890. Overlapping with the Victorian and Edwardian Eras, Art Nouveau was in part a reaction to the mass-manufactured jewelry of the day. With its sinuous curves and flowing lines inspired by the natural world, jewelry from this period featured a variety of flora and fauna, dragonflies, butterflies, and nymph-like maidens soft and romantic in style.
Art Nouveau jewelry often showcases a variety of handcrafting techniques developed or refined at the time, such as multiple styles of enamelwork perfected by artists like René Lalique, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Georges Fouquet. The pieces from this period truly are a work of art!