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Plique-à-Jour Enamel and Freshwater Pearl Pendant Brooch


Dating from the 1900s, this gold and platinum convertible pendant brooch features plique-à-jour enamel, diamonds, and a freshwater pearl drop. The chased gold figure of the head and shoulders of young woman with swirling hair reaches her hand forward, against a glowing rose-colored plique-à-jour enamel and gold flower ground, with foliate diamond and platinum highlights and a flexible pearl pendant. Graceful and versatile, this artistic pendant brooch unites the love for nature with the lost art of highly-skilled period enamelists.

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Item #: BO-14015
Country: France
Circa: 1900s
Size: 2" length, 1.875” width
Materials: 10 Old mine- and rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.25 carat); Freshwater pearl; Plique-à-jour enamel; 18K Gold; Platinum; With detachable brooch fitting and bail
Signed: French assay mark

The Art Nouveau movement celebrated nature, perhaps expressed here in the figure of the young woman representing the spirit of the natural world, with its beauty and potential for renewal—a form of period “flower power."