A sculptured bracket of art nouveau style lilies-of-the-valley and joining leaves span across a split shank oval hinged bracelet. Leaves are hand enameled in translucent green to emphasize their sculptured texture. Hand burnished bronze finish. Swarovski pearls. Note model photos for size and scale.Entirely made in our Los Angeles studio.
Shelley's comments: This bracelet has strong Art Nouveau influences in its winding stems and leaves. Botanical subjects were important in expressing the curvilinear shapes and undulating lines that defined the Art Nouveau era through 1910. The 'new art' brought design innovations that weren't derived from any previous art form or period. It stressed hand fabrication over precious metals and machined manufacturing. In its day, it was expensive and avant garde. Although it occupied less than two decades of popularity, the Nouveau aesthetic remains. This fragile bloom represents innocence, purity and abundance.
Click to Shelleys blog entry Art Nouveau flourished in a world of rapid social change. The new art brought design innovations that weren't derived from any previous art form or period style. It stressed hand fabrication over machine production. It shocked the senses of... Read on and share your thoughts!