AC Silver is pleased to offer a range of stunning Art Nouveau style jewellery for sale.
The iconic Art Nouveau era is highly sought after within antique jewellery, and we are fortunate to have many stunning examples which are stereotypical of their era.
Andrew Campbell, using his 40 years’ experience within the antique industry, handpicks all Art Nouveau jewellery for sale.
All of our Art Nouveau jewellery include free and fully insured global shipping.
Art Nouveau was the movement to come first, sitting somewhere between 1895 and 1910, symbolising the evolution from the Victorian style to the more futuristic styles which came in the 20th century. Art Nouveau translates to ‘new art’ and all elements of design from this time represented a leap forward in many artistic fields.
Art Nouveau jewellery is usually very ornate and over-the-top, inspired by French high society of the time. The free-flowing line that is seen again and again in Art Nouveau jewellery represents an interpretation of the shapes found in plants, flowers, and the female physical form; this brand of jewellery takes a lot of inspiration from the natural world.
Going beyond the natural world, various fantasy creatures were also prominent and ‘Plique-à-jour enamel’ was used to provide bright colours to the pieces. Gold and silver were manipulated, and gems such as moonstone and opal were used. Bone, horn and ivory were also worked into flowing lines and different kinds of enamel and glass was key to adding bright colours. Overall, this jewellery was very romantic and elaborate, with long swooping lines and asymmetrical designs.