|Description: A blue and green metal cloisonné pendent. The main body is in a tulip shape with a blue tear drop hanging from the bottom. The design shows three green leaves on a stem. The back of the pendent is a turquoise colour. |
History: Art Nouveau was a romantic _ handcraft_ movement of jewellery design that began in Italy in the 1890’s lasting until around 1910. This movement focused on graceful curves and asymmetrical forms. Enamelling was popular during this movement. Cloisonné enamelling is when strips of metal are soldered to the base and the enamel is flowed into cells that are formed. The name cloisonné is derived from cloison meaning cell. Pliqué a Jour is an enamelling process like cloisonné although there is no base so that when held to the light it resembles stained glass. Enamelling has been in and out of vogue since ancient times with particular popularity during the Renaissance and in the 19th century to the end of the Art Nouveau period. Some of the most famous enamelling work was done by Carl Fabergé.
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