Art Nouveau long pendent earrings – Art Nouveau as how you want it to be. The two rectangular enameled plates are made in a very special way; the so-called plique ajour enameling technique. Plique ajour comes from the French “plique-à-jour” meaning “braid letting in daylight”. It is a very challanging vitreous enamelling technique where the enamel is applied in cells to give it a stained glass appearance.
However these earrings were not born as earrings. Most likely they started their life as decorative parts in a chain or dog-collar necklace in the Art Nouveau period, somewhere between 1890 and 1900. But when we bought them they were mounted together in one brooch. This brooch (actually more a bulky gold framework with a needle at the back) had all the characteristics from being made somewhere between 1930 and 1950 and was specially made to hold the two plaques.
And because the framework wasn’t original and doing not much justice to the high quality of the original Art Nouveau work, we decided to remount them in a setting that would do them justice. So our master goldsmith carefully seperated them from their bulky framework and designed a refined mounting that would render their true beauty. He did so, inspired by the Art Nouveau style and imagining what and how a goldsmith from the Art Nouveau period would design them. The result is astonishing!