Antique Art Nouveau Jugendstil Sapphire Glass Paste Pendant Necklace
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Setting has a golden finish with a slight inconsistency to the patina with some darkening as well as lightening to the finish.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Chains drape symmetrically and are intact.
* Glass is smooth and gleaming with no chips and minor surface wear.
* Clasp is secure and original.
Era 1900 - 1910s
Length 18", with pendant dropping 3 1/8" below
Width Just under 1 1/4"
Mark No mark
Weight 12 grams
Material Brass, glass
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Vibrant blue glass was made to simulate sapphires and contrasts strikingly from the hammered setting.
* Elongated silhouette with elaborate and tiny chains is both dramatic and delicate looking when worn.
* Components swing freely for subtle movement and sway when worn.
On Glass Made to Simulate Gemstones. Glass has long been used by jewelers to simulate natural gemstones. For instance, during the Georgian era, black dot paste is a term that refers to a style of glass that was made to simulate the sparkle of natural diamonds. But in the 1940s, the use of glass to simulate gemstones ramped up more than ever before. World War II constrained both fine materials and pocketbooks, so more and more designers (including high-end designers) focused on glass to re-create the distinctive properties of different gems. High-end designers thus began making costume glass jewelry - but with the same attention to detail, high craftsmanship, and design skill that was applied to fine jewelry.
On Movement In Jewelry. Movement in jewelry is an indicator of a higher end piece, as it demonstrates that the designer considered how the jewelry would look and feel when it was actually worn. For example, high-end pieces often adjust to different necklines or wrists for comfort and a seamless look. Other times, movement is strategically incorporated for gemstones to catch the light or to enhance the sparkle of a certain gemstone cut.