4302Art Nouveau was a popular style from around 1890 to 1905, marking a transition from Victorian society to the modernism of the Edwardian age. It was a movement covering art, architecture, interior design and fashion, and its designers created some spectacular jewellery that stands the test of time. Nell Darby takes a look at some Art Nouveau jewellery.

Art Nouveau jewellery was a conscious move away from the more formal Victorian fashions, and typically featured very stylised, curved designs. Colours were muted pastel shades, with delicate designs being more important than garish colours or expensive stones.

The designers of this age looked to a variety of sources for inspiration. Japanese influences were present in some jewellery, for example, in the use of dragonfly designs in brooches. Other artists looked at Renaissance art. Nature, though, was the predominant influence, with highly stylised flower and plant shapes being commonly used. If you look at the furniture designed by Scot Charles Rennie Mackintosh, you will see ornate flower shapes, such as lilies, which are still being copied for jewellery designs today.

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  1. Jess

    The Art Noveau movement produced my absolute favourite jewellery designs! This was an interesting read. My favourite necklace is an art nouveau piece, its get a lot of compliments when worn