Art Nouveau Diamond, Sapphire and Ivory Bracelet by Fuset y Grau
An truly exquisite Art Nouveau bracelet by Fuset y Grau. This antique work of art features two intricately carved ivory figures of a female and a male resting among elaborate foliate and scroll motifs embellished with green enamel. Further decorated with diamonds, pearls and channel-set sapphires. Circa 1900s.
Flowers, insects, feathers and idealised female figures are typical subjects within Art Nouveau jewellery. The elaborate patterns of dragonflies and butterflies could be worked in enamel or their iridescent glow mimicked with mother of pearl, opals or abalone. Similarly the long tendrils of women’s hair and tree branches were stylised in gold, silver or even iron to create dynamic brooches, pendants or hair ornaments.
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.
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