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Art Nouveau Opal and Enamel Pendant Necklace



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This important, dramatic, sizable Art Nouveau drop incorporates the use of opals along with classic iris motifs of the period. We don't know who the maker of this lovely necklace was but they were certainly contemporaries of fine jewelers like Tiffany and Co. and Marcus and Company at the turn of the 20th century. Opals were a newly discovered stone and their similarity to dragonfly wings was certainly an inspiration in jewelry also seen with the use of plique-á-jour enamels. Can't you see a dragonfly buzzing among the irises next to a stream? The main attraction of this opal is the play-of-color and size as the stone itself is a baroque shape hewn from still visible matrix measuring 2 X ¾ inches. The opal is set into the iris and enamel frame and measures 3 X 1 inches including the bale. The pendant is suspended from a chain contemporary to the drop with a renaissance revival motif terminal, slide and clasp embellished with green and blue enamel gathering nine strands of delicate foxtail chains. The necklace is approximately 16 inches long above the slide. This pendant was worn and loved by someone as evidenced by minor enamel damage and a fissure at the tip. Some crazing, common in old opals, is also present.


14 Karat Yellow Gold
16 " chain, 5 in
1 1/8 inch penda
Gram Weight:
67.3 gm
Art Nouveau
Center Opal details


Baroque Cut
50.00 x 18.00 mm

About Art Nouveau Jewelry

Looking to go organic? Bummed out (with good reason) by the Industrial Revolution, Art Nouveau makers embraced the natural world and a return to the hand-craftsmanship of an earlier time. Their overlap with both the Victorian and Edwardian eras resulted in a great deal of cross-pollination. Though relatively short in its purest form, Art Nouveau’s flowing lines continued to weave their way into fine jewelry.

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