ART NOUVEAU - 1890 to 1910
Art Nouveau was an international philosophy, style of art, architecture and applied art which was at its most popular during the period 1890 to 1910. It was originally launched in the 1890s and ended around 1910 although in some places in the world it ended sooner than that as well as later in some other places.
The phrase 'Art Nouveau' is french for new art but it is also know as Jugendstil and Stile Liberty.
It was inspirational at the time, stemming from a reaction to the academic art of the 19th century being largely inspired by the natural forms and structures found in flowers and plants within nature, as well as in curved lines.
I really like the lovely lines and colours of Art Noveau but find it is quite expensive to buy. But who knows one day I may own a piece of lovely Art Nouveau jewellery and perhaps may even offer it to you for sale!
Whilst it is difficult to pinpoints dates for the Art Nouveau movement itself, and therefore difficult to date Art Nouveau jewellery, many people when listing their piece of jewellery for sale mislabel it as Art Nouveau - just because it looks like Art Nouveau does not mean it is a piece from that era. To be included within the Art Nouveau category, I believe, it needs to be dated to having been made between the dates of 1890 and 1910 (perhaps extending to 1914) and be attributable to an artist or jewellery maker who created these pieces at that time as well as carry all the associated flowing hallmarks of a piece of Art Nouveau jewellery (such as dragonflies, flowers, flowing locks).
Some notable designers, makers and manufacturers of the Art Nouveau period are:
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Emile Galle (1846-1904)
Rene Lalique (1860-1945)
Lois Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)
I am no expert in Art Nouveau jewellery so if you want to explore the subject further then
Further information on the Art Nouveau era and movement can be found on Wikipedia here: Art Nouveau and you can also find a lot more information on Google. I have also found a book by the V&A very useful entitled 'Art Nouveau 1890-1914'.