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Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

ART NOUVEAU STYLE

Art Nouveau — generally considered to have begun in the late 1800s and ended with the start of World War I — was a movement in the decorative arts that drew inspiration from natural forms, such as trees, flowers and, of course, the human figure. The three main themes present in Art Nouveau jewelry and watches were flora, fauna and women.

Art Nouveau, which reached its pinnacle in the year 1900, spawned from artists who rejected the historicism of their predecessors to create an entirely new visual vocabulary. As compared to Art Deco jewelry’s geometric patterns and sharp lines, the extravagant style of antique Art Nouveau jewelry is characterized by curvilinear forms and whiplash lines, vibrant materials and dramatic imagery.

The first art and design movement of the 20th century, Art Nouveau was also a reaction against the Industrial Revolution, and took its inspiration from the theories of the Symbolists, the art of the Pre-Raphaelites, the ideas of John Ruskin and his follower William Morris and, most importantly Japanese crafts. (The country was a fertile ground for inspiration after it was opened to the West in 1854.) The Art Nouveau style touched all manners of the arts, including the most exultant jewelry.

Nature was a favorite muse for artists going back to the 18th and 19th centuries, but in the hands of 20th-century artists, it was depicted in new ways. For example, a withering flower was considered just as beautiful as one in full bloom. Winged creatures, such as insects and birds, were also a popular subject. Dragonflies and butterflies were particular favorites because they morphed so dramatically in different life stages.

This was also a reference to women, whose role in society was evolving. It was not uncommon to see a piece of jewelry that would at once reference a woman as a winged creature (think René Lalique’s famous Dragonfly brooch, circa 1897–98, at the Gulbenkian Collection in Lisbon). However, just as women’s roles were ambiguous, so was their image, as the femmes nouvelle were simultaneously eroticized and romanticized.

In addition to Lalique, vital figures in Art Nouveau jewelry included Louis Comfort Tiffany in the United States, Vladimir Soloviev, who designed jewelry for Peter Carl Fabergé in Russia, Fuset Grau of Spain, Karl Rothmuller of Germany and Philippe Wolfers of Belgium.

Art Nouveau jewelers used every “canvas” imaginable, looking beyond brooches and necklaces to belt buckles, fans, tiaras, dog collars (a type of choker necklace), pocket watches, corsages and hair combs. Multicolored gems and enamel could complete this vision better than diamonds. Jewelers also favored pearls, particularly baroque pearls, for their large size and irregular shape. However, opal was the most popular stone — its iridescence harmonized perfectly with the enamel, and it could be carved into any shape. Art Nouveau jewelry was primarily set in yellow gold.

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Style: Art Nouveau
Huge 25.60 Carats Natural Loose Aquamarine Emerald Shape For Necklace Jewellery
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Aquamarine Weight: 25.60 Carats Dimension: 28x14.3x10.2 Mm Origin:Haramoush Mine Skardu Pakistan Shape: Emerald Color: Light Treatment: Non Certificate: On Demand Loose a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Aquamarine

8.80 Carats Natural Loose Ametrine Oval Shape Bar Cut Gemstone Brazil Mine
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Ametrine Weight: 8.80 Carats Dimension: 14.5x11.6x10.2 Mm Origin: Brazil Shape: Oval Cut: Pixel Cut / Bar Cut Treatment: Non Color: Yellow & Purple Certificate: On Client De...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Amethyst, Citrine

15.80 Carats Natural Loose Dark Purple Amethyst Gem Dodecagon Fancy Shape
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Amethyst Weight: 15.80 Carats Dimension: 18.5x12.9x11.1 Mm Origin: Brazil Mine Shape: Dodecagon Treatment: Nill Certificate; On Demand Purple amethyst, a member of the quart...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Amethyst

4.30 Carats Natural Loose Tri Color Tourmaline Gemstone For Jewellery Making
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Tourmaline Weight; 4.30 Carats Dimension: 13.4x6.6x5.6 Mm Origin: Paprook Afghanistan Shape: Emerald Color: Black, Green & Pink Certificate; On Demand Treatment: Non Tri-co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Other, Tourmaline, Multi-gemstone

Top Quality Clean Loose Bicolor Tourmaline 21.60 Carats Afghanistan Mine
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Bicolor Tourmaline Weight: 21.60 Carats Dimension: 24x13.9x8.9 Mm Origin: Paprook Afghanistan Shape: Oval Treatment: Non / Natural Certificate: On Demand Color: Pink & Whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Other, Tourmaline, Multi-gemstone

4.50 Carats Natural Loose Indicolite Tourmaline Loupe Clean Quality Ring Gem
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Indicolite Tourmaline Weight: 4.50 Carats Dimension: 10.4x8.8x5.7 Mm Origin: Kunar Afghanistan Shape: Emerald Color: Blue Treatment: Non Certificate: On Customer Demand In...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Tourmaline, Indicolite

4.40 Carats Natural Genuine Loose Tourmaline Lot Emerald Shape For Jewellery Set
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Tourmaline Weight: 4.40 Carats Size: 1.05 to 1.75 Carats Origin: Kunar Afghanistan Shape: Emerald Color: Mint Lagoon Treatment: Non Mint lagoon tourmaline is a captivating...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Tourmaline

6.10 Carats Natural Pink Bicolor Loose Tourmaline Emerald Shape Ring Gemstone
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Tourmaline Weight: 6.10 Carats Dimension: 11.7x10.1x6.9 Mm Origin: Kunar Afghanistan Shape: Emerald Color: Pink Treatment: Non Certificate: On Customer Demand Pink tourmali...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Tourmaline

25.10 Carats Natural Loose Tourmaline Peach Red Color Afghanistan Earth Mine
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Tourmaline Weight: 25.10 Carats Dimension: 17.2x16.1x13.3 Mm Origin: Kunar Afghanistan Shape: Cushion Color: Red Peach Treatment: Non / Natural Certificate: On Client Deman...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Tourmaline, Rubelite

Natural loose yellow citrine ring gemstone 3.45 Carats
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose citrine Weight: 3.45 Carats Dimension: 10x8.7x6.1 Mm Origin: Brazil Shape: Fancy Emerald Color: Yellow Treatment: Non Certificate : On Demand Citrine, a radiant gemstone boas...
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20th Century Brazilian Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Citrine

1.95 Carats Natural Black Green Loose Bicolour Tourmaline Emerald Shape Ring Gem
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Tourmaline Weight: 1.95 Carats Dimension: 9.8x5.2x4.3 Mm Origin; Skardu Pakistan Shape: Emerald Color: Green & Black Treatment: Non Bicolor tourmaline is a stunning gemston...
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15th Century and Earlier Pakistani Antique Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

Materials

Tourmaline, Chrome Tourmaline

1.75 Cts Natural Loose Rhodolite Garnet Ring Gem From Tanzania Mine
Located in Peshawar, PK
Natural Loose Garnet Weight: 1.75 Carats Dimension: 7.2x5.9x4.7 Mm Origin: Tanzania Africa Shape: Cushion Color: Pink Red Treatment: Non Rhodolite garnet, a member of the garnet f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tanzanian Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Garnet, Rhodolite

6.75 Carats Natural Loose Bicolour Tourmaline Emerald Shape
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Tourmaline Weight: 6.75 Carats Dimension; 14.9x8x6.2 Mm Origin: Kunar Afghanistan Shape: Emerald Color: Pink & Green Treatment: Non Bicolor tourmaline, also known as "water...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Tourmaline

5.60 Carats Stunning Loose Purple Amethyst Gem From Brazil Mine February Stone
Located in Peshawar, PK
Faceted Amethyst Weight: 5.60 Carats Dimension: 12.5x9x7.3 Mm Origin: Brazil Shape: Emerald Color; Purple Treatment: Non Certificate: On Customer Demand Amethyst, the stunning vi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Amethyst

1.75 Cts Natural Loose Mint Green Tourmaline Emerald Shape Ring Gem
Located in Peshawar, PK
Faceted Tourmaline Weight: 1.75 Carats Dimension: 9.4x5.3x4.3 Mm Origin: Kunar Afghanistan Shape: Emerald Color: Mint Treatment: Non Certificate: On Demand Mint green tourmaline...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Tourmaline

3.50 Carats Natural Loose Citrine Gemstone From Brazil Mine
Located in Peshawar, PK
Loose Citrine Weight: 3.50 Carats Dimension: 11.2x8.9x5.8 Mm Origin: Brazil Color: Yellow Shape: Octagon Fancy Treatment: Non Certificate: On Customer Demand
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Citrine

Genuine 0.65 Carat Natural Loose Fanta Spessartine Garnet from Afghanistan Mine
Located in Peshawar, PK
Faceted Spessartine Garnet Weight: 0.65 Carats Dimension: 5.7x3.9x3.3 Mm Origin: Afghanistan Shape: Emerald Cut/Facet: Emerald Color: Orange Fanta Clarity: Eye Clean Certificate: O...
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Early 17th Century Afghan Antique Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Garnet

Stunning 10.40 Carat Natural Loose Rare Imperial Topaz From Katlang Pakistan
Located in Peshawar, PK
Faceted Imperial Topaz Weight: 10.40 Carats Dimension: 15.9x8.6x7.8 Mm Origin: Pakistan Shape: Emerald Color; Peach Imperial Treatment: Non Certificate: On Demand Imperial Topaz encourages healthy boundaries and helps us be attracted to the people who are good for us. It is a wonderful stone for anyone who dares to love...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pakistani Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Topaz, Imperial Topaz

Melo Melo Natural Pearl Oval 12.03 Carats
Located in Préverenges, VD
Beautiful and rare oval drop shape natural pearl Melo with fantastic deep orange natural colour. This magnificent pearl was found in a sea snail MeloMelo which habitat area is from South East Asia. That natural pearl growth 1mm each year and its size is Ø 11x13,29 mm. That means this Melo has been inside sea snail for more than 11 years. Melo pearls...
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2010s Swiss Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Natural Pearl

Melo Melo Natural Pearl Round 32.5 Carats
Located in Préverenges, VD
Beautiful and rare near round button shape natural pearl Melo with fantastic flame patterns (iridescent). This magnificent pearl was found in a sea snail MeloMelo which habitat area is from South East Asia. That natural pearl growth 1mm each year and its size is Ø 16,48×17,25×15,31 mm. That means this Melo has been inside sea snail for more than 16 years. Melo pearls...
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2010s Swiss Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Natural Pearl

GIA Certified Royal Blue Sapphire Gia Certified and Stated Unheated Kashmir Gem
Located in Jupiter, FL
Very important sapphire of 1.97 carats with mesmorizing deep blue color, very rare gemstone. This sapphire is unheated GIA certified and actually stated in the GIA report as "The col...
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21st Century and Contemporary Art Nouveau Loose Gemstones

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Blue Sapphire

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