Pendant Necklaces During The Belle Epoque Period
The Belle Epoque period in the late 19th and early 20th century had a passing resemblance to the Swinging Sixties, a half century or so later. In both instances, change was in the air, like the first early buds of Spring, but in the early 1900s, it took a massive event, World War 1, to make the huge and sweeping changes that a few artists, thinkers and rebels had foreshadowed.
In France during the Belle Epoque period and the first stirrings of change, think the Impressionists, Art Nouveau, the Moulin Rouge, Montmartre and the cabaret culture painted so dymnamically by Toulouse Lautrec; and then Freud, psychoanalysis and a host of writers such as Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Marcel Proust and Emile Zola.
Meanwhile, mainstream jewelry echoed the naming of the age as the Beautiful Era, with elegant, beautiful and delicately ornate jewels to complement the aesthetic of the times. Today we’re featuring a couple of pendants worn during those times
Garnet and Diamond, 9K Yellow Gold Pendant c.1900
Offered by AC Silver via 1stdibs, this is a fine yellow gold and silver pendant set with garnets and diamonds in the Belle Epoque style. A feature garnet in the centre is step-cut and bezel set within a 9K yellow gold articulated millegrain decorated drop. There’s a naturalistic, symmetrical scrolling ribbon design embellished with pave´ and bezel set diamonds in a combination of eight-cut and Dutch cuts. A pear-cut garnet articulates and suspends from the lower border of the design. The pendant is suspended from a 14K yellow gold snake chain. It comes with an independent diamond grading report card and at the time of writing is still for sale on 1stdibs at $2,694.69AUD.
Information and image courtesy 1stdibs
One more beautiful pendant/brooch on the Next Page…
…and an opera singer.