Art Nouveau Jewelry (1890-1910)

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Art Nouveau Jewelry (1890-1910)

What is Art Nouveau style jewelry?

Art Nouveau jewelry embodies an exquisite era of artistic expression. Characterized by flowing lines, organic forms, and a deep connection to nature, these pieces are miniature works of art. Think of graceful female figures, delicate dragonflies and butterflies, and the lush beauty of flowers in full bloom. Each piece of Art Nouveau jewelry is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and imagination. This style often incorporates curving lines, asymmetry, and a sense of movement, reflecting the artistic freedom and expression of the era.

When was the Art Nouveau period in jewelry? 

Art Nouveau emerged in the late 1800s and flourished into the early 1900s, spanning roughly from the 1890s to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

Originating in Europe, particularly in France and Belgium, Art Nouveau emerged as a reaction against the strict constraints of academic art and the industrialization of society. Artists and jewelers sought to break free from traditional forms and embrace more innovative and expressive designs. Furthermore, it was a rebellion against the mass-produced styles of the Industrial Revolution. It placed a strong emphasis on nature-inspired beauty and individual artistry.

The movement drew inspiration from various sources, including natural forms, Japanese art, and the symbolism of mythology and fantasy. In fact, this meant handcrafted designs and meticulous attention to detail. This created truly unique and captivating jewelry.

What gemstones were used in the Art Nouveau era?

Art Nouveau jewelers favored gemstones with subtle, enchanting colors and unusual characteristics. Opals, with their iridescent play of light, and moonstones, with their ethereal glow, were beloved choices. Other popular gems included amethyst, peridot, turquoise, and less traditional materials like molded glass, horn, and enamel.

What is the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco?

While both Art Nouveau and Art Deco are influential movements in the history of art and design, they represent distinct periods with different stylistic characteristics. Art Nouveau, as mentioned, emerged in the late 19th century and is known for its flowing, organic forms inspired by nature. In contrast, Art Deco emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, following World War I. It is characterized by geometric shapes, bold colors, and a more streamlined aesthetic influenced by modern technology and the machine age.


Arnold Jewelers in Tampa boasts an exquisite collection of Art Nouveau jewelry. It will transport you to a time of timeless elegance and artistry. Discover a world of delicate craftsmanship and motifs that celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Shop our selection now and find your own piece of wearable art.