Like all art, the zeitgeist of a particular era is written in the design of its jewelry. It is said that Art Nouveau jewelry was a reaction to French society at the time, including women's fight to secure more rights for themselves outside of the home. The nation's loss in the Franco-Prussian War left the French worried about what would occur if women got jobs and education, and worried the birth rate would then drop, leaving the country with fewer men to support future armies. This explains the feminist flavor of Art Nouveau.
In the Art Nouveau Era, stylized flowers were once again popular; designs were curvaceous and whimsical. Flowers never used in jewelry before became the norm – water lilies, fuchsias, and poppies. The obsession with botany even in popular culture during the general Victorian period translated into jewelry by way of floral motifs. All sorts of flowers were used designing brooches, lockets, rings, and earrings to convey different sentiments.
Circa 1890, this gorgeous brooch looks toward the Art Nouveau period, and would make a delicious chain extension.
Materials and Features: 15k gold
Age/Origin: American, Art Nouveau, c. 1890
Measurements: 1.15", 3 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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