I've always been a fan of the Art Nouveau period. The fluid shapes and natural inspirations appeal to me. The style's sense of Romanticism evokes a distant time when things were slower and people dressed for dinner. (Not that I'd want to live then or anything. I'm kind of a fan of the whole voting thing.) As I was scanning my regular vintage fashion feeds yesterday, I stumbled upon this little beauty.
I'm not even sure where to start gushing about this necklace. The first thing I noticed was the way the chain fits through the pendants. While I'm certain the two side pieces are anchored so the necklace maintains its balance, they appear to float freely. The abalone shell glows so strongly that Simbelmyne asked if they were really opal. The pendants all have the fluid, elegant shapes typical of the period and although I'm not usually a fan of gold, it really works here to pick out the gold in the abalone.
The finished necklace comes across as quite opulent but if you look more closely, the findings are surprisingly simple wire wraps using stick pearls. I'm not even completely sure the clasp bit is soldered. The two pearl accents certainly aren't. The baroque pearl drops are on simple pins with no additional decoration to detract from the pearls themselves. The contrast between the simplicity of the findings and the elegance of the pendants lends to the romantic feel of the necklace.
Simbelmyne has been after me to 'commission' findings from her. I think a few links similar to the pearl ones might be in order. Oh PARTNER???