In this bracelet design we took inspiration from a few exceptional beads whose stylized swirls and peacock hues bring to mind the elegance of the Art Nouveau.
It began with the bead at right… isn’t it gorgeous?! The silvery grey base layer of glass allows the light to pass though, and light up the surface patterning from within. The patterns are layered, one upon the other, with little shadows that offer depth, even just in the top layer. The softly rounded forms are in the distinctive Art Nouveau style.
“Art Nouveau” refers to a style and philosophy of art and design that took place around the years of 1890 – 1910. In different areas of the globe this same style was given various names… Art Nouveau was the French phrase, but a similar style was termed “Jugendstil”, “Secession”, “Modernisme” and “Stile Liberty”, depending on the country.
Of course, Trollbeads collectors are familiar with two of their designs that offer an homage to this style: “Jugend”, and newly retired “Art Deco”. We included both of these silver bead designs in this composition, as well as a grouping of other silvers that feature fluid, ribbonlike, modern and sleek forms.
Art Nouveau was the birth of a progressive aesthetic that rejected the overwrought fussiness of neoclassicism. This hugely influential style was made famous by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Rene Lalique, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Alphonse Mucha. Their work paved the way for Modernism.
Architects such as Antoni Gaudi and Hector Guimard changed European streetscapes with their fluid, organic forms. However, the asethetic was applied in a comprehensive way, to objects both large and small: jewellery glassware, tiles, fashion, furnishings…
At the heart of this bracelet we placed this “Blue Tigers Eye”, which we find particularly beautiful as it has a distinct swirl pattern running through it. Stones are difficult to photograph accurately, but I think you will be able to spot it across the left side of the stone….
Clockwise from clasp: “Swan Lock”, “Universal Unique”, “Lucky Knot”, “Moon Ocean”, “Universal Unique”, “Frames”, “Labradorite”, “Universal Unique”, “Jugend”, “Blue Tigers Eye”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Universal Unique”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”, “Three Siblings”, “Universal Unique”, “The Eye”,”Art Deco”(retired), “Universal Unique”.