Jahrhundertwende & Jugendstilschmuck

(from 1890 to 1910)

Art Nouveau, which developed at the end of the 19th century, introduced a new, original design language to Europe. Flowing, decoratively curved lines, extensive vegetal ornamentation and organic forms borrowed from nature and Japanese art defined the design of jewellery, furniture, graphics and fashion during this period. The outstanding craftsmanship with which the objects are made and realised is striking. Find out more"
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An overview of the Art Nouveau era

Jugendstil Schmuck

Art Nouveau was a deliberate departure from historical styles. It gave rise to completely new, previously unseen forms inspired by geometry and nature. According to the ideals of Art Nouveau,the whole of life was to be designed as a total work of art, from architecture to clothing and jewellery. You can recognise antique Art Nouveau jewellery by various characteristic features such as the precious materials gold, gemstones, pearls and diamonds, and the catchy geometric shapes or delicate floral patterns.

The major social upheavals at the turn of the century fundamentally changed everyday life in Europe. Art was also strongly influenced by this new Art Nouveau trend. One aim of Art Nouveau artists was to integrate art into everyday life. The boundaries between art and craft were therefore to become blurred. This is why the Art Nouveau movement found expression everywhere, from architecture and furniture design to painting, sculpture, jewellery and glassware. Art Nouveau has various characteristic features that make it instantly recognisable.

What distinguishes Art Nouveau jewellery?

In Art Nouveau jewellery, the focus is clearly on the artistic design and the original ornaments of the various jewels, while the materials used tend to recede into the background. More and more base materials such as horn, mother-of-pearl or enamel are being used.

The special ornamentation of Art Nouveau jewellery is always a real highlight: in addition to natural motifs such as flowers, blossoms or insects, faces and heads with long, flowing hair or naked female bodies are also often depicted. Frequently recurring patterns are spirals or wavy lines.

A striking feature is the flowing lines in combination with floral decorations or geometric shapes. Many designs are created by imitating nature and animals such as dragonflies or cranes are often used as symbols. Art Nouveau art is always unique

How can you recognise Art Nouveau jewellery?

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Art Nouveau jewellery can be recognised at first glance and inspires with its new and fresh shapes. The ornate and curved shapes give it its special look. Art Nouveau spread throughout Europe at the end of the 19th century and was given different names in different countries: In French it is called Art Nouveau, in Austria Secessionstil or Reformstil, in English Arts and Crafts .


Art Nouveau jewellery at the Halsbandaffaire

Discover special Art Nouveau jewellery at Halsbandaffaire: All our pieces of jewellery are unique pieces with a certificate of authenticity. Benefit from our many years of expertise and get expert advice online or on site in Schwabing. The unique one-off pieces in real gold, real silver or made from pearls, shells or coral make the hearts of all lovers of antique real jewellery beat faster. In this way, the jewellery from the Art Nouveau period will become your perfect, timeless favourite jewellery that you can combine with everything.

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