Aesthetic Movement in Cranberry Necklace
This sweet necklace features a brilliant champleve’ enamel button from the late nineteenth century. The button’s design is characteristic of the Aesthetic Movement which flourished in Britain in the 1870s and 1880s in both fine arts and applied arts and crafts (like button painting).
Aesthetic artists championed pure beauty and “art for art’s sake” emphasizing the visual and sensual qualities of art and design over practical, moral, or narrative considerations. They rebelled against the fussy, detailed, and curvaceous forms of Victorian design in favor of simplified linear forms.
In this piece, the jewel-like tones of the enamel are enhanced by the sparkle of cut steel and the radiant luster of golden gilt.
This necklace features a magnetic sliding clasp that enables you to adjust its length to suit any neckline. You can wear it as a choker, as a long pendant, or anywhere in between.
In this piece:
- Gilded brass champleve’ enamel button, circa 1890, with gilding and cut steels
- Art Deco carnelian glass link, made in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s
- Hand-wrapped beads of faceted carnelian stone, and green and marbled caramel Czech glass
- Machine-turned brass connectors
- Pewter setting plated in antiqued brass, cast in Louisiana
- Chain adjusts via a sliding magnetic clasp from a 15" choker to 32" long pendant
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