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Art Nouveau c.1900 French Silver, Plique-à-Jour and Paste Antique Brooch


This outstanding brooch was made in France and features a wonderfully elegant original Art Nouveau design.

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The Details...

This brooch is constructed from silver - it is stamped '935' on the reverse. The brooch was made in France and is marked 'DÉPOSE' on the reverse too. It features a typical Art Nouveau design and is set with small, round, colourless paste stones. At the brooch's centre is a round, emerald green paste stone and suspended from the base of the brooch is a lustrous, round faux pearl. The brooch is detailed with two stylised lotus flowers suggesting the influence of the Egyptian Revivalism of c.1900. These flower motifs are enhanced with blue Plique-á-Jour enamel. The fastening pin is fitted to the brooch with a tube hinge and the brooch secures with a 'C' clasp. The brooch measures 3cm x 2.75cm. 

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A Short History...

Enamelling is a technique closely associated with the jewellery of the Art Nouveau era. The Plique à Jour form of enamel work was particularly prevalent at the time. A French term - it translates as “letting in the daylight”. Working similar to a stained glass window, Plique à Jour work has a metal outline filled with various coloured and transparent, glass-like enamels. Plique-à-jour provides a natural translucency, similar to that found in nature, which made it ideal for rendering the leaves, flowers, insect wings that were popular motifs of the Art Nouveau period.

Wear it With...

Brooches are an exceptionally simple way to add instant vintage styling to any look and interest to plain materials. Pin this piece onto a hat, lapel, collar, cuff, scarf, sleeve, waistline or bag - wear alone or with a selection.

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Edwardian and Art Nouveau
Cocktail and Evening

The jewellery within the Gemma Redmond Vintage collection has survived to this day because it has been well cared for throughout its lifetime. It is important to continue to care for the jewellery that you buy from us to ensure its continued preservation. Here are some suggestions:

- Be sure to store your jewellery within the boxes that we provide to ensure that it is protected. This is especially important when travelling with your pieces.

- Try not to get perfume or hairspray on your items. These liquids can damage the materials that our jewellery is made from.

- Try not to drop your jewellery or catch your jewellery against hard surfaces. If this happens over time, the findings and fixings can loosen and wear.

- Try not to get your jewellery wet. Some costume jewellery manufacturers utilised water soluble glue in the making of their pieces. Getting your jewellery wet could cause rhinestones and other details to fall away over time.

- If you wish to clean your jewellery, use a soft polishing cloth or a soft brush.