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18K Gold Art Nouveau Pendant with Woman and Flower


This 18k gold pendant features the profile of a maiden silhouetted against a flower that frames the woman like a halo. The woman’s hair is swept up into a bun, with part of it cascading down—a classic, art nouveau interpretation of beauty. Reminiscent of a Gibson Girl, these iconic Art Nouveau maidens were once considered the ideal for feminine beauty, and depicted women as autonomous, stylish, and sensual. The 18k gold is a gorgeous hue, and the texture of the face and flowers catch the light, giving this pendant a lot of beauty and depth. 

Gold Medal jewelry was hugely popular during the Art Nouveau era. Cameo and intaglio jewelry had recently gone out of fashion, and the jewelry trend shifted toward medallions that emulated Ancient Greek and Roman medals and coins. The expertise of French medal engravers, combined with new technology like the lathe, made these beautiful pendants accessible to the masses, and they quickly became a highly sought after trend, popular in both Europe and the United States. Jewelers, sculptors, and even poster artists collaborated to create the designs used in these pendants—which range from maidens and floral motifs, to Greek and Roman imagery. 

The pendant weighs 3 grams and tests as 18k gold. It measures 7/8” x 1”, not including the oval bail, which measures to be 5 x7 mm. 

Circa 1910.

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