We have similar Filigree items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Age Circa: Art Nouveau C. Country of Origin: Unknown. Gram Weight: 30 Grams. Main Stone Carat Weight/Color. Accent Stone Carat Weight/Color. Item Measurements: The necklace has a wearable length of 29. The pendant measures 1.2″ in length and 1.9″ wide. Closure/Clasp Type: This necklace lacks a clasp and is meant to be worn over the head. Link Type: Curb Chain. Pendant Type: Drop Pendant. Notable Features: This necklace was handmade during the Art Nouveau era. 800 sterling silver, this necklace features a beautifully crafted filigree coin purse pendant. At an impressive 29 long, this necklace is described as being at an opera length, a style of necklace that would later go on to be very popular with the flappers of the following Art Deco era. During the Art Nouveau era, opera length necklaces were very popular for wear with formal, evening wear. The pendant strung on this necklace was crafted out of thin bands of sterling silver which would have been bent and twisted entirely by hand to create the beautiful filigree patterns. There are leaf-like designs on the front and back of the pendant, which would have been very fashionable during this era. The locket opens at the top via a hinge mechanism and would have been used to store gold and silver coins or other small trinkets of the wearer’s choosing. The remainder of the necklace is made out of a simple and elegant sterling silver curb link chain. When worn this necklace dangles down the chest with the pendant resting against the decolletage on most people. A beautiful example of Art Nouveau jewelry, this necklace would make a valuable addition to any antique jewelry collection. Don’t miss your chance to preserve this piece of history. Damage: Age appropriate wear. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a common material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads until a final motif emerges. It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia. The item “Antique Vintage Nouveau Sterling 800 Silver Coin Purse Locket Pendant Necklace” is in sale since Sunday, December 9, 2018. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants”. The seller is “abeautifultimeco” and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Style: Strand/String
- Modified Item: No
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Metal Purity: .800
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown