Estate Art Nouveau Festoon Necklace

$2,295

Circa 1910, this fabulous 14 karat yellow gold Art Nouveau festoon necklace features a center oval amethyst that is bezel set with milgrain edging and natural freshwater pearls which are accented with hand enameling and hand engraving. Quite a show stopper!

Festoon necklaces were at their peak of popularity during the Edwardian era from 1901 – 1915. This necklace is 15″ long and is meant to fit tight to the neck. Historically, a festoon necklace would have been layered with a choker or collar style necklace above, and several strands of pearls or long necklaces below. Today a 15″ necklace is uncomfortably tight for many, but that can be easily fixed by the addition of an extender without any modifications being made to the piece.

This is a truly exquisite example of the Art Nouveau style. The center of the necklace has a bezel-set vibrant purple amethyst that is surrounded in milgrain. Shooting off the sides of the amethyst are two hand enameled stylized leaves. These leaves flow into a delicate swirling gold motif that is hand engraved with flowers and leaves, and accented with natural freshwater pearls. These sensual curves continue up the necklace on either side. Two thin chains cascade along the neck, connecting the center and side pieces, and are accented with a natural freshwater pearl station.

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Description

  • Estate
  • Circa 1910
  • Art Nouveau
  • Festoon style necklace
  • 15″ end to end
  • Center lays approximately 1″ on neck
  • Bezel set amethyst center
  • Enamel
  • Hand engraved
  • Natural fresh water pearls