The Art Nouveau period for jewelry ran from 1895 to 1915, although the movement really began around 1875 in Paris. This particular period began to die out around World War I but has experienced revival in more recent times. Designers today are still quite influenced by Art Nouveau designs, which were spearheaded by designers like René Lalique. There was less focus on precious stones and more on sculpted gold.
Characteristics of jewelry from this period include:
- Natural designs (flowers and butterflies)
- Curves and naturalistic designs
- Women sometimes turning into bird- or flower-like forms
The brooch pictured right is an example of Art Nouveau-style jewelry.
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