A Perfect Flower from the days of L’ Art Nouveau

August 12th, 2009 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG

Art Nouveau Watch Hanger

One of the great things about the jewelry business is that every so often, we get to see and handle truly wonderful jewelry and gemstones. This classic Art Nouveau enameled brooch is exquisite– the sculpting of the woman’s face is delicate and lifelike while the swirls of her hair and the floral elements are beautifully expressive of the vitality of life.  The delicate pink opalescent enamel, still in perfect condition after 100 years, is wonderfully shaded, and the face and flower petals are carefully accented by precise painted enamels.

Around the turn of the century, watches were all the rage–everybody had one.  Since the wristwatch had not been developed yet, women’s watches were often worn as a piece of jewelry.

18K Nouveau Flower, 9K Ladies Watch

18K Nouveau Flower, 9K Ladies Watch

This brooch was specifically designed to carry a women’t pocket watch, as evidenced by it’s rather sturdy weight of 11 grams and the upward opening hook on the backside.


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