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Art Nouveau Jewelry

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, there were many forces at work in the world of decorative arts that would propel artisans out of the humdrum and into the incredible. A marshaling force for inspiration in the arts was the reopening of the trade routes...

Bandeau

Bandeau Belle Epoque Diamond and Pearl Bandeau. Photo Courtesy of Christie’s. A bandeau is an ornamental headband or type of tiara. They were particularly popular during the Middle Ages in Italy and in Europe c.1825-1835. Bandeau in the Georgian Era were often...

Bangle

Bangles are a rigid bracelet style, typically in an oval or round shape, which completely encircle the wrist. They are either slipped over the hand or put on using a hinged opening mechanism. In some cultures, they are carved from a single piece of gem...

Basse-Taille

 Basse-taille, which translates from the French as “shallow cut”, is a design made on metal most often by carving, engraving, stamping, or engine-turning, that is then covered by translucent enamel. The recesses formed by incising...