The art nouveau period, which inspired this graceful layered art nouveau pendant, emphasizes softened, natural lines taken from nature’s timeless patterns.
The art nouveau period from about 1890 to the early 1910’s was a brief but glorious time of natural celebration, and it has inspired the shapes in this beautiful art nouveau pendant. The art nouveau period took the natural organic world and a geometric sensibility as its fulcrum for transforming the then outdated style, which was based on historical influences. Art nouveau was fresh and free of the heavy ornamentalism that had dominated the arts previously.
Another revolutionary concept of the art nouveau period is it rejected the notion that certain arts—silversmithing, for example—were inferior to the fine arts. Virtually no art or craft escaped its influence, and all were elevated to this new graceful form. Our art nouveau pendant celebrates the period’s silversmiths and their work during the art nouveau period.
This piece of art nouveau jewelry is made with layered sterling silver for a structured look, and with fossilized walrus ivory that is some 500 to 3,000 years old. The native Yupik of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, are the only ones permitted to gather it at this location. Fossilized walrus ivory is an important part of the Yupik economy, and it is prized the world over for the fine quality it lends to jewelry, art, and crafts.