Antique Art Nouveau Gold, Diamond and Cabochon Turquoise Ring
An exquisite French Art Nouveau ring. Large turquoise cabochon surrounded by 10 graduated round diamonds, encompassed by 18-karat yellow gold lotus flower-design shoulders to a conjoined triple band hoop.
Design was emphasised over the size and value of gems used within Art Nouveau jewellery. Enamel, pearls and semi-precious stones feature prominently, only occasionally accented with small diamonds.
The prominence of nature and the sinuous forms of flora and fauna are intrinsic motifs of the period. Often over stylised, the branches of trees or plants swirl and spiral in elaborate dances.
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