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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.

Find a range of antique Art Nouveau jewelry today on 1stDibs.

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Style: Art Nouveau
French Art Nouveau Fine Pearl 18 Karat Yellow Gold Drapery Necklace
Located in Poitiers, FR
Necklace in 18 karat yellow gold, eagle head hallmark. Charming antique necklace, it is formed by a convict mesh chain separated by filigree openwork patterns, which holds in the center 5 patterns of openwork shape with a plant decoration and separated by 4 fine pearls. The attachment system is a spring ring. Diameter of the pearls : 2,5/3 mm approximately. Length : 42,5 cm approximately, width of the chain : 1,4 mm approximately, height of the main pattern : 16,5 mm approximately, width of the main pattern : 2,5 cm approximately. Total weight of the jewel : 4,6 g approximately. Authentic antique jewel - French work circa 1900, Art Nouveau jewel...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Pearl, Natural Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

This rare and beautiful Art Nouveau period chain necklace is 1905 ca Solid 9 KT
Located in Napoli, IT
This rare and beautiful Art Nouveau period chain necklace is 1905 ca Solid 9 KT rose gold weighs 26.3 grams Magnificent example totally hand made by skillful workmanship of the past ...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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9k Gold

Early Renoir MidCentury Copper Stylized Tulip 18 Link Choker Necklace
Located in Chicago, IL
Without a post-1955 copyright symbol and with the brand's earliest script signature, this likely late 1940s signed Renoir shiny copper choker necklace features 18 links each stylized as a tulip flowerhead in a modernized bolder Art Nouveau style. The American jewelry company's exclusive durable "Copron" finishing on the top of the links prevents tarnishing and fingerprints. The functional tiny linear links and the reverse side of the necklace were meant to remain blackened, while a black signature is impressed on the underside of the fold-over clasp. Comparatively without the additional enamel decoration of the company's post-1952 jewelry line signed Matisse...
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1940s American Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Copper

Paper Clip Link and Rolo Chain Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold - 18"
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modern and stylish, this link chain necklace makes creating a chic look easy. this design showcases stamped 14k yellow gold paper clip links alternating rolo chain links. Polish...
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2010s Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

Paper Clip Link and Rolo Chain Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold - 30"
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modern and stylish, this link chain necklace makes creating a chic look easy. this design showcases stamped 14k yellow gold paper clip links alternating rolo chain links. Polish...
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2010s Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

Paper Clip Link and Rolo Chain Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold - 20"
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modern and stylish, this link chain necklace makes creating a chic look easy. this design showcases stamped 14k yellow gold paper clip links alternating rolo chain links. Polish...
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2010s Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

Paper Clip Link and Rolo Chain Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold - 24"
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modern and stylish, this link chain necklace makes creating a chic look easy. this design showcases stamped 14k yellow gold paper clip links alternating rolo chain links. Polish...
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2010s Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Yellow Gold

Antique 18 Kt French Art Nouveau Necklace
Located in Stamford, CT
A very French necklace from the Art Nouveau period that is typical of French design of the era. It is graceful and lacy as its links graduate all around the neckline. French Art Nouv...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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18k Gold

Christian Dior Vintage 1990s Unisex Classic Interlock Link Gold Choker Necklace
Located in Wokingham, England
Very excellent condition. Not any colour loss. Signed Dior at clamp. 100% Genuine. Rare to find. Size: 40 cm. Extend chain: 5 cm. Weight: 60 g. _ _ _ Great for everyday wear. ...
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1990s German Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Celine Vintage Unisex Triumph Pendant Iconic Logo Chain Interlock Belt Necklace
Located in Wokingham, England
Celine Vintage Unisex Triumph Pendant Iconic Logo Chain Interlock Belt Necklace, Gold Plated Very excellent condition. 100% Genuine. Can be used as necklace too. A very beautifu...
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1990s German Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Georg Jensen 4 strand Lapis and Sterling Silver Necklace C.1933
Located in Toronto, ON
Very rare collectors piece Georg Jensen Lapis and Sterling Silver Necklace, four-tiered graduated strand design No 1, C.1933. Bezel set oval and round lap...
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1930s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Lapis Lazuli, Sterling Silver

Signed Ciner Vintage Enamel Link Necklace
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Indulge in the timeless allure of this Vintage Ciner Enamel Link Necklace, a statement piece that seamlessly blends sophistication and vintage charm. Crafted with meticulous attentio...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

Christian Dior GROSSE 1970s Vintage Interlinked Emerald Crystals Gold Necklace
Located in Wokingham, England
Christian Dior GROSSE 1970s Vintage Interlinked Openwork Emerald Green Square Crystals Necklace, Gold Plated Very good condition. 100% Genuine. Rare to find. Signed Grosse at back....
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1970s German Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Givenchy Vintage 1980s Chunky Watch Link Interlock Gold Collar Choker Necklace
Located in Wokingham, England
Very excellent condition. 100% genuine. Signed at the back. Rare to find. Size: 48 * 3 cm. Weight: 113 g. _ _ _ Great for everyday wear. Come with velvet pouch and beautiful pa...
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1980s French Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Antique French silver long chain necklace, longuard chain, 900 silver
Located in NEWARK, GB
This gorgeous antique French silver long chain or longuard chain necklace is everything you could hope for in a long chain. It is a lovely long length chain at 61" and can be easily...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Silver

Antique Art Nouveau Krementz 14K Gold Coral & Freshwater Pearl Swag Necklace
Located in Montclair, NJ
Here we have an absolutely gorgeous antique swag necklace designed by Krementz that was crafted in solid 14k yellow gold during the art nouveau p...
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1910s Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Coral, Freshwater Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Renoir MidCentury ArtNouveau-Style Copper Openwork Curvilinear Link Necklace
Located in Chicago, IL
With organically-shaped copper openwork links recalling the rhythmic motifs of American architect Louis Sullivan from the Art-Nouveau period, this Renoir mid-century curvilinear 17-l...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Copper

Antique Diamond Crescent Enamel Snake with Pearl on Diamond Chain
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Diamond Crescent Necklace with Snake holding a pearl on a diamond studded chain. There is slight loss to the green enamel but it does not distract from the beauty of this piece. Th...
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1910s Unknown Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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White Diamond, Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Enamel

French Art Nouveau 18 Karat Yellow Gold Art Nouveau Long Necklace
Located in Poitiers, FR
Necklace in 18 karat yellow gold, eagle head hallmark. Important antique necklace, it is formed of openwork poly-lobed patterns and separated between them by an alternation of oval r...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Art Nouveau French Bresse Bressan Festoon Necklace
Located in Plainsboro, NJ
Collectible Antique French festoon Necklace with foiled glass paste stones and bresse enamel cabs set on an ornate gold gilded brass panels with light en...
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1860s French Antique Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Brass

Amethyst (8.9 grams), Raspberry steel necklace
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
The interchangeable hand cut Amethst (8.9 grams) sits on a steel necklace called Raspberry, because of the design of the link. The necklace can be used with any of our interchangeable stones or, we can cut the stone of your choosing to satisfy your requirements. The interchangeable necklace...
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2010s Zambian Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Amethyst, Steel

Temple St. Clair Tourmaline Moonstone & Diamond Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Temple St. Clair tourmaline moonstone and diamond necklace Oval tourmalines, oval cabochon moonstone, and brilliant-cut diamonds, 18 karat yellow gold; marked 750 and brand logo, w...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, Moonstone, Tourmaline, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique 14K Gold 21.40ctw GIA Brownish Yellow Zircon Open Filigree Work Necklace
Located in Montclair, NJ
This magnificent and unique antique pendant necklace was crafted during the art nouveau period in solid 14k yellow gold. The center of the necklace features gorgeous open filigree wo...
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1910s Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Zircon, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Multi Gemstone Beaded Link Necklace with Diamonds Made in Silver
Located in New York, NY
Silver:58.52g, Diamond:7.38ct Sapphire:3.02ct, Spinel:3.62ct
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, Multi-gemstone, Sapphire, Spinel, Silver

Certified H Color Solitaire Necklace PT 900 Everyday Reasonable Jewelry
Located in Hung Hom, HK
Diamond: 1.298 Carat Color: H Certified: CGL
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2010s Hong Kong Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Masriera Plique a Jour Winged Lady Brooch and Pendant
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This Masriera piece is very special, it is the most beautiful of all these lady pendants Masriera makes. The plique a jour wings are enameled in gorgeous shades of Blues and Greens ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

Antique Diamond Crescent Enamel Snake with Pearl on Diamond Chain
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This Antique Diamond Crescent Necklace with Snake holding a pearl is on a diamond studded chain. This snake started his life as a pin/brooch but I turned it into a necklace. There i...
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1910s Unknown Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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White Diamond, 18k Gold

Art Nouveau Diamond Emerald Enamel Pearl 14 Karat Gold Serpent Necklace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Necklace is comprised of elongated cable links with stylized serpent stations Each station is highly rendered while clutching an emerald cabochon in its mouth Very well matched bri...
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Early 1900s Antique Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, Gold, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold, Enamel

Gold Fancy Link Long Chain Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Composed of gold, this French Art Nouveau long chain necklace was created around 1900. The fancy elongated links each contain an interlocking se...
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Early 1900s Antique Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold

Carrera Y Carrera 18 Karat Yellow Gold Panther Necklace with 2.88 Carat Diamonds
Located in New York, NY
Carrera Y Carrera has built its its famous name on figurative designs, an obsession with surface finishes, and a compelling way of seeing beauty in art and nature. This 18 karat yell...
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1990s Spanish Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Krementz Art Nouveau Yellow Gold Natural Pearl Festoon Necklace
Located in Narberth, PA
This exquisite pearl festoon necklace is a signed piece by Krementz from the Art Nouveau (ca1910) era! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, the curvilin...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Natural Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Nouveau 18 Karat Gold Opal Necklace, circa 1870s
Located in Braintree, GB
Art Noveau 18kt gold opal necklace, with natural opals and rubies, and enamel decoration. Made in England, Circa 1910. Tested positive for 18kt gold...
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1910s British Vintage Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Opal, Gold, 15k Gold

Coral Gold Jade Chinese Button Necklace
Located in Milan, IT
Antiques Chinese button butterfly shape with red Italian coral, gold and vesuvianite. 18kt yellow Gold gr. 18. total length 41 cm. Total weight 28,4 gr. All Giulia Colussi jewelry is...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Coral, Jade, 18k Gold, Gold

Kensington Diamonds Necklace or Rose Gold
Located in Monza, IT
Kensington Diamonds Necklace / Rose Gold. Necklace with white brilliant cut diamonds (ct. 2,39) set in rose gold 18Kt. Kensington, a new British redesign collection inspired by Kensington Gardens...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, Rose Gold

18 Karat Yellow Gold, Red Enamel with .80 Carat of Diamonds Vintage Necklace
Located in New York, NY
This vintage necklace is designed with 12 marquis shaped sections of 18 karat yellow gold with red enamel and diamond centers. Each piece has enamel and diamonds on both sides, this ...
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1990s American Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rare Art Nouveau 14 Karat Yellow Gold Ruby and Diamond Necklace
Located in Zurich, Zollstrasse
This Art Nouveau link necklace can be worn in two different lengths. The necklace is composed of 14 K yellow Gold an 8 brilliant cut diamonds and 8 Rubies that accent the open links....
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20th Century German Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Chain Link Necklace Floral Embossed
Located in Berkeley, CA
Flowers, vines, and gorgeous leaves are embossed in each of these fabulous links to create an artistic Art Nouveau Masterpiece. Alternating sizes of links are connected together with...
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1880s American Antique Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Dazzling Sapphire and Diamond Necklace
Located in NEW ORLEANS, LA
The classic combination of dazzling diamonds and deep hued sapphires make this show-stopping necklace a beautiful reminder that elegance is everything. The 18 karat white gold neckla...
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20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Link Necklaces

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

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