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Plique-à-Jour Enamel “Juliet” Pendant Necklace

$19,500

This lovely French Art Nouveau plique-à-jour pendant necklace depicts a gold version of Shakespeare's Juliet at the moment when Romeo, lingering in the Montagues' garden, spots her on her balcony. Juliet is highlighted by peridots and pendant freshwater pearls. Plique-à-jour enamel window panes glow behind her, while the dawn light is represented by the sparkling diamonds framing her head. Paired perfectly with a period gold chain, this romantic pendant recalls one of our absolute favorite literary heroines.

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Country: France
Circa: 1900
Size: 2” length, 1.125” width (pendant); 16" length (with gold chain)
Materials: 21 Rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight of 0.60 carat); 3 Freshwater pearls (measuring 3.70mm each); 3 Pear- and round-cut peridots; En plein and plique-à-jour enamel; 18K Gold
Exhibition History: Shown in the Poster House exhibition, "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau/Nouvelle Femme," in New York, from June 20, 2019 to October 6, 2019

In part thanks to his captivating female heroes like Juliet, Shakespeare "went global" in the 19th century, inspiring artists worldwide not only in drama, but also painting, printmaking, fiction, music, and jewelry.
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