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Fortune's Gaze: An Art Nouveau Gold Pendant with Diamonds

This 18K yellow gold Art Nouveau pendant, dating back to 1890 and believed to be of Belgian origin, captures the essence of good fortune with its four-leaf clover design. The pendant features a bas-relief profile of a glamorous lady, her gaze lifted towards a future filled with prosperity. Adorned with 14 rose cut diamonds in her hairband and choker, this locket is a beacon of luck and elegance. Emblematic of the Art Nouveau era, it beautifully blends organic motifs with flowing, curvilinear forms, symbolizing both nature's beauty and the whimsy of luck.

This 18K yellow gold Art Nouveau pendant from 1890 truly embodies good fortune with its four-leaf clover shape. The gaze of a glamorous lady with a hairband and a choker of 14 rose cut diamonds in a bas-relief chased profile is lifted up to a future of prosperity and sunshine. This locket is a charming vessel supplying an unseen amount of luck, here for you to deplete.

Antique jewelry object group: locket

Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.

Style: Art Nouveau - Art Nouveau (French for New Style) is an international movement and style of art, architecture and applied art - especially the decorative arts - that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905).

The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". It is also known as Jugendstil, German for "youth style", named after the magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italy, Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularised the style, and in Holland as “Sla-olie-stijl”, Dutch for “salad oil style” after a advertisement poster for this product that was made in that style.

A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms. Art Nouveau is an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life. Although Art Nouveau fell out of favour with the arrival of 20th-century modernist styles, it is seen today as an important bridge between the historicism of Neoclassicism and modernism.
  -  See also: Art Nouveau or more info on styles

Style specifics: Art Nouveau - Although Art Nouveau took on distinctly localised tendencies as its geographic spread increase some general characteristics are indicative of the form. A description published in Pan magazine of Hermann Obrist's wall-hanging Cyclamen (1894) described it as "sudden violent curves generated by the crack of a whip", which became well known during the early spread of Art Nouveau.

Subsequently, not only did the work itself become better known as The Whiplash, but the term "whiplash" is frequently applied to the characteristic curves employed by Art Nouveau artists. Such decorative "whiplash" motifs, formed by dynamic, undulating, and flowing lines in a syncopated rhythm, are found throughout the architecture, painting, sculpture, and other forms of Art Nouveau design.(from: Wikipedia)

Period: ca. 1890
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Source of inspiration: Good luck tokens and Mother Nature (see also: flower symbolism)

Theme: A woman's head in a four leaf clover - The clover became famous around 1,600 years ago, because, it was said that Saint Patrick in 452 AD stepped from the cathedral in Ireland on Easter morning, stooped down and picked a shamrock. He showed it to the crowd of parishioners, and then said, "This Plant represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!" Since that time, the three leaf shamrock has become world famous! Around this time when clovers were made popular, the rare four-leaf clover also became popular and was considered to be lucky.

Material: 18K yellow gold
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Diamonds: 14 rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: width 3,87 cm (1,52 inch)

Weight: 10,40 gram (6,69 dwt)

Reference Nº: 15064-0149

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Fortune's Gaze: An Art Nouveau Gold Pendant with Diamonds
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