How to Make Swoosh Dangle Earrings

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Do you want to make that stunning first impression that will catch the eye of crowds? Look no further! These handmade Swoosh Dangle Earrings are sure to add that sparkle to any outfit! You can substitute out the bead colors to find the colors that are appropriate for you. See the full slideshow here!

How to Make Swoosh Dangle Earrings




How to Make Swoosh Dangle Earrings

Materials:
Two Jump Rings
Two Ear Wire
Bracelet Memory Wire
6 4mm Beads
6 6mm Beads

Tools:
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Memory Wire Pliers or Old Pliers

Step 1: For each earrings, you are going to cut three pieces of wire. 3 Inches, 2 1/2 Inches, and 2 Inches.

Step 2: Use your round nose pliers to make a loop on each wire that you cut. Simply grip the end of the wire and twist your wrist in a circular motion to ensure a perfect loop.

Step 3:
String on two beads (one 4mm, one 6mm) and use your round nose pliers to form a loop on top. Repeat this for each strand.

Step 4:
Open your jump ring and slide on the end loops of each dangle that you have created.

Step 5: Attach your ear wire to your jump ring and your marvelous earrings are complete!

Dynamite “Ite” Gemstones

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Natural Morganite


By Danielle Olivia Tefft

If you are a gem lover, you’re probably familiar with the gorgeous transparent pink gemstones morganite and kunzite. You’ve probably also heard of malachite. It’s a mesmerizing deep green, opaque stone with graduated white rings. To some malachite stones resemble eyes. You’re also probably familiar with scintillating pinkish-red rhodolite garnet.  But are these the only gemstones that end in “ite” you are familiar with?

Malachite

Actually, there are over a dozen more scintillating gemstones with “ite” in their names. And many of these lesser known stones are absolutely gorgeous. The eight stones I’ve chosen to tell you about below would make ravishing additions to your beading projects. In addition, if you are a believer in New Age crystal healing, many of these stones have powerful attributes.

Keep in mind that some of these attractive lesser known “ite” gemstones have greater hardness than others. You’ll want to make sure you don’t put soft stones next to extremely hard stones in your projects or the softer stones will quickly get scratched up.

Epidote One Of The Soft Gemstone

Gemstone and all other mineral hardness is measured on the Mohs’ Scale. This scale was invented by German gemologist Friedrich Mohs in the 1800s. The softest minerals are near the bottom of the scale which begins with 1. The hardest minerals are near the top of the scale which ends at 10. For example, feldspar (which is as soft as talcum powder) ranks a 1. Diamonds (the hardest mineral known to man) rank a 10.

Eight very lovely and less utilized “ite” stones (with their Mohs’ Scale hardness rank) are as follows:

Apatite (Mohs’ Hardness: 5):

 

Blue Apatite

can be clear, pink, purple, yellow, green or blue. It can be translucent or transparent. Apatite is found all over the world including the U.S., Madagascar and Norway. It is the most plentiful source of the element phosphorous (in the form of calcium phosphate), an essential compound in teeth and bones. Most apatite is non-gemstone quality. Gemstone quality apatite can be mistaken for several precious gemstones, including topaz and tourmaline. Because it’s such a master imposter, apatite has been fittingly named after the Greek word “apate” which means to deceive or cheat. Healing crystal practitioners believe Apatite provides inspiration and encourages learning. It is also said to heal arthritis and other bone related ailments.

Howlite (Mohs’ Hardness: 3.5):

Heart Shape White Howlite

Howlite is an attractive opaque mineral named after Canadian Henry How. He was the first mineralogist to describe howlite after its 1868 discovery in the California desert. Howlite reminds me of the feathers of a snowy owl. It’s typically white or grey with black or brown feathery veins throughout. Howlite is also often dyed blue or green to imitate turquoise or dyed red to imitate coral. Crystal healers believe howlite dissipates anger, relieves stress and cures insomnia. It is also said to assist in past life regression.

Iolite (Mohs’ Hardness: 7 to 7.5):

Iolite

Iolite has been known to mankind for hundreds of years and is found worldwide. Iolite is a transparent deep violet to violet-blue mineral. It’s named after the Greek word “ios” which means “violet.” Iolite is a pleochroic gemstone, meaning it appears to change color depending on the light. It was known as the Viking Stone. Legend has it they used it to navigate the seas with the aid of iolite. Supposedly, Viking sailors could find the sun on cloudy days by holding iolite up to the sky and noting its color change. Gemstone quality iolite is relatively new to the world. It was discovered in Wyoming in 1996. Healing crystal practitioners believe iolite cures eye diseases and improves vision. It’s also said to boost creativity and help people get to sleep.

Kyanite (Mohs’ Hardness: 4 to 4.5 along its long axis and 6 to 7 along the perpendicular axis):

Pink Kyanite

Kyanite is a transparent and stunning bright blue gemstone. It’s often confused with sapphire. The name “kyanite” comes from the Greek word, “kyanos” which means “deep blue.” Kyanite is found worldwide including the U. S., Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Nepal. Sparkling blue kyanite from Nepal is highly prized. Healing crystal practitioners believe kyanite aids in self-expression and communication. It’s also said to help travelers find their way in unfamiliar territory.

Mookaite (Mohs’ Hardness: 6 to 7):

Mookaite

Mookaite is a variety of jasper named after the Australian creek bed it was first discovered in. Specifically, that was Mooka Creek in Mooka Station in Western Australia. Mooka means “running waters.” Mookaite is found in opaque colors of mustard yellow, marsala red (the 2015 color of the year, by the way), maroon, purple, pink, brown and white. These colors remind me of gourmet jelly beans. Healing crystal practitioners believe mookaite is a stabilizing and protective stone and one that can slow the aging process. It is also purported to help calm both people and animals.

Sodalite Frog Carving

Sodalite (Mohs’ Hardness: 5.5 to 6):

This stone reminds me of flow blue or blue and white china. That’s because it’s most often found with a dappled blue and white pattern. But sodalite can also be green, grey, white, yellow, pink or violet with mottled white patches throughout. It can be found worldwide including Burma, Portugal, Romania, and the U.S. The largest deposits of blue sodalite are found in Brazil. Crystal healers believe sodalite promotes tranquility and inner peace. It’s also said to aid in weight loss and heal ailments of the thyroid and vocal chords.

Unakite (Mohs’ Hardness: 6 to 7):

Unakite pebbles

Unakite is a combination of red jasper and green epidote. This opaque stone is named after the location of its discovery: the Unakas Mountains of North Carolina. Other deposit locations include Zimbabwe, Switzerland and South Africa. Unakite is predominately pink or reddish-pink and green with dappled spots of black and white. Healing crystal practitioners believe unakite prevents negative energy from overcoming you and alleviates depression. It’s also said to help you appreciate beautiful things and reveal the deception of others.

Zoisite (Mohs’ Hardness: 6.5 to 7):

Zoisite Ruby From Tanzania

Zoisite was discovered in Austria in 1805. It’s named after mineralogist Sigmund Zois who first classified it as a new mineral upon its discovery. There are three main gem quality forms of zoisite. Thulite was discovered in Norway in 1920. It’s an opaque pink stone with dappled spots of grey or black. Ayolite is opaque zoisite that is predominately green, purple or pink with dappled spots of black and white. It was discovered in Tanzania in 1954. An extremely desirable form of zoisite is tanzanite which was discovered in Tanzania in 1967. Tanzanite is a gorgeous transparent gemstone. It is deep purple to blue in color.

 

How to Make an Emerald Dew Drop

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Go Green this spring season with this beautiful Emerald Dew Drop pendant! Make the environmental statement that will change the world! See the full slideshow here.

How to Make an Emerald Dew Drop

How to Make an Emerald Dew Drop:
Materials:
6 inches of 22 gauge wire
3 glass beads – size 3mm x 4mm
1 glass bead – size 20 mm x 13mm

Tools:
Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters

Step 1: Put one small bead onto the middle of the wire and bend it as shown in the photo.

Step 2: Put another bead onto the wire as shown and then bend it around the bead.

Step 3: Repeat step 2 with third small glass bead.

Step 4: Put last bead onto both wires.

Step 5: Wrap one wire around the other at the top of the bead, then trim one wire.

Step 6: Create final loop. Shape it with the wire and if it is necessary cut off the excess wire.

Step 7: Add chain to the pendant. Your beautiful new necklace is ready to wear to a night on the town!

How to Make Bridal Pearl and Crystal Earrings

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. When that special day arrives, who better than you to choose, and even make, that something new. These Bridal Pearl and Crystal Earrings are a chic, creative and inexpensive way to have the designer quality look you want. You can view and download the slide here.

How to Make Bridal Pearl & Crystal Earrings

How to Make Bridal and Pearl Crystal Earrings:
Materials:
1 package Swarovski Crystals Bicone Pearl Combo – white
2 silver plated ear wires
2 4mm silver plated jump rings
10 silver plated headpins
11 link-per-inch silver plated chain, 2- 30mm, 2-23mm, 2-17mm, 2-13mm, & 2-5mm pieces.

Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

Step 1: Separate your pearls and crystals into two identical groups in preparation to slide them onto the headpin.

Step 2: Slide on your arranged material and create a loop with your round nose pliers.

Step 3: Insert your chain onto your remaining wire that is sticking up. Once that is done, create another loop to keep that chain in place.

Step 4: Cut off your excess wire with your wire cutters and tighten the loop.

Step 5: You can repeat this technique to make as many dangles that you feel necessary for your crystal earrings.

Step 6: Open up your jump ring and attach each dangle that you made. Then attach that to your ear wire and you ave a pair of beautiful handmade earrings!

How to make Ring and Crystal Dangles Earrings

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Set the mood for a lovely day at the park with these lightly colored and Spring ready earrings. They’re perfect for a picnic with your friend, an early morning church service, and even date night with hubby. Download the instructions via Slide Share here.

How to Make Rings & Crystals Dangle Earrings Infographic

How to Make Rings and Crystals Dangle Earrings:
Materials:
Two decorative headpins
Two ear wires
10mm twisted rings
Two 8 x 6 mm frosted faceted beads
10 plain headpins
10 accent beads

Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Crimping pliers
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers

Step 1:
Put a bead onto one of your decorative headpins and then create a 90 degree bend.

Step 2:
Wrap your wire around the bead and reposition the pliers to fully finish the wrap.

Step 3:
Slide on your ring before you completely wrap the wire around because that is what is going to secure it. Then, grasp the loop and close it up.

Step 4:
Wrap your wire around the dangle and cut off the excess with your wire cutters.

Step 5:
Use this technique to put the accent beads onto the plain headpins. Wrap the beads around the circle.

Step 6: Attach your ear wire to your dangle and your new earrings are complete!

How to Make Moonglow Wire Wrapped Earrings Infographic

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Step into the moonlight with these delicately wire wrapped crystal and stone earrings. You can always take liberties with your design, whether trading your crystals for gemstones etc…However, this design is just right as it is for the jewelry wearer who enjoys a more subtle look. You can download the slide here.

How to Make Moonglow Wire Wrapped Earrings Infographic

How to Make Moonglow Wire Wrapped Earrings:
Materials:
2 purchased or handmade ear wires
2 18 x 8 mm oval beads
2 8mm glass crackle beads
22 gauge sterling silver filled wire 2 6.5 in. pieces plus 2 4.5 in pieces.
Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
File
Bench Block/Anvil
Chasing Hammer

Step 1:
Create a small loop with your 6 1/2 inch wire using round nose pliers. Now make a spiral with your chain nose pliers. Just wrap around the loop one full turn.
Step 2:
Hammer your newly made headpin on the anvil to flatten it. This will allow you to slide your bead on.
Step 3:
Slide your bead onto the wire. Then wrap your remaining wire around the bead to keep it in place. Be sure to keep your wire at a 90 degree angle before you begin to do your wrapping.
Step 4:
Make a 90 degree angle with your other wire so that you can insert it into the top of your newly made dangle.
Step 5:
Make a loop with your 4 1/2 inch wire so that you can slide your 8mm bead onto it without it falling off.
Step 6: Wrap the rest of your wire around that bead and cut off the excess. This should keep your other dangle in place.
Step 7:
Insert your ear wire onto your newly made dangle and you have completed your beautiful earrings!

How to make Dainty Dangle Flower Earrings

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Flowers aren’t the only bells around. Make a cute and feminine statement with these Dainty Dangle Flower Earrings. These earrings are perfectly age appropriate for girls who are just discovering their love of jewelry! You can see the slide show here

How to Make Dainty Dangle Flower Earrings

How to Make Dainty Dangle Flower Earrings:
Materials:
2 Silver plated earwire
6 10 mmx6mm lucite flower beads
8 4mm bicone crystals
2 8mm pearls
2 8mm bicone crystals
8 4mm pearls
6 silver plated headpins (4 headpins 2 eyepins) is okay.
6 3mm silver plated round beads
Additional Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

Step 1: String one silver bead and two pearls onto a headpin. Then add your flower and three other 4mm crystals at the end.

Step 2: Repeat step 1 to create another dangle but only use one 4mm crystal.

Step 3: Take your wire cutters and cut about 3/8ths of an inch above the last bead strung and be sure to hold the strings so the beads don’t slide off.

Step 4: Make a loop by gripping the very end of the wire with your round nose pliers and twist. You are going to do this with both dangles.

Step 5: Create an eyepin by cutting the wire and creating a loop just as you had previously done.

Step 6: Do the same with the new eyepin that you just made to create another dangle.

Step 7: Use your chain nose pliers to open the loop of your ear wire and slide on the dangle with the large crystal and the large pearl and close that loop securely. Then open this bottom loop and add on these two dangles, and close that loop securely.

Step 8: Repeat the previous step and you will end up with two beautiful earrings.

How to make Spring Greens Dangle Earrings

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Spring is around the corner, get in the mood with these brightly colored beautiful earrings. You can find the slideshow here.

How to Make Spring Greens Dangle Earrings

How to Make Spring Greens Dangle Earrings:
Materials:
2 Ear Wires
2 17 mm Pearl Beads
8 4mm by 3mm Freshwater Pearl Beads
2 Decorative Headpins
8-12 4mm Daisy Spacer Beads
2 10mm Fused Wire Rings
8 4mm Cube Beads
8 4mm Clear Crystal Beads
8-12 2mm Brass Beads
24 Headpins
Tools:
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Ruler

Step 1:
Slide your 17mm pearl beads onto your decorative headpins.

Step 2:
String all your beads onto your headpins. Not every pin needs a spacer and some can be on top while others could be on bottom. There is no specific way to do it. Make 24 dangles.

Step 3:
Determine how long you want your dangles to be and trim your headpin to that height.

Step 4:
Make a loop on each of your headpins to create dangles and ensure the beads don’t fall off. Use your round nose pliers to grip the wire.

Step 5: Attach the dangles to your wire rings by using your round nose pliers to open and close the dangles around the ring.

Step 6: Attach your ear wire and your luscious green earrings are ready to put on!

How to make Swirly Whirly Earrings

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Have fun with this easy to create earrings tutorial. You can take advantage of this easy design by adding an extra long swirl and creating a strong color contrast between your beads. You can find the easy to download slide show here:
How to make Swirly Whirly Earrings Slideshare

How to Make Swirly Earrings Tutorial

 

 

Here’s another keepsakecrafts.net video for House of Gems. Today we’re making these fun beaded spiral earrings. So I’ve gone ahead and made one of these earrings just so you can see what it looks like. It basically just consists of two parts. There’s the straight bit that goes through the spiral and there’s the spiral, and it’s really just that simple.

For each earring, you will need a 5-inch piece of 20-gauge wire, a headpin, an ear wire. You’ll need a large bead for the bottom of your earring. This one is six by seven millimeters, but anything you have will work. And then you’ll need 6RC beads in two different colors. This one is crystal iris and this one is called royal ruby. For tools, you’ll need wire cutters, chain-nosed pliers, round-nosed pliers and a pen, or just something skinny and round to wrap your wire around to make your spiral.

To get started, just take your headpin and slide on your large bead, and then start filling up the rest of that headpin with one of your colors of 6RC beads. You could use smaller C beads if you like, but I certainly wouldn’t go any larger. You want to fill this 2-inch headpin until there’s just about three-eighths of an inch of wire left at the top, and then just set that aside.

Next, you’re going to take your 5-inch piece of 20-gauge wire, use your round-nosed pliers to just make a little loop at one end. This is just a stopper to keep your beads from falling off. And you’re going to string onto that piece of wire four inches of the other color of beads. And as I’ve mentioned before, when we’re using mixtures of beads, don’t think about it, don’t worry about trying to get a perfect mix, just whichever bead comes to your wire next, grab that once. So once you have your four inches of beads, you’re going to cut the wire coming out of that last bead to three-eighths of an inch. Take your round-nosed pliers and make a loop on this end as well. So this is what you’ll have.

Next, we’re going to take that and just wrap it around the pen, nothing complicated or crazy here.

Next, you want to turn one of those loops so that it will be parallel to the floor when you’re wearing it. So we’ll just grab that loop and twist it like that. Just like that. Then you’re going to take this straight piece that you just made, slide it up through the spiral and through that loop. Grab your round-nosed pliers and twist that bit of wire coming out to make a simple loop. And if you need to, you can take a minute here to shape your spiral, and then the last step is just to open up your wire and pop it on.

And there you have it, a really fun pair of beaded earrings. So here’s another look at the earrings today. There are so many possibilities with these. You could make them as long as you want. Imagine if you made the spirals get wider towards the bottom and made them with green beads, you’d have a Christmas tree. They’d be lovely in different shades of metallics. All kinds of possibilities.

So have fun creating.

Art Nouveau: Broken Lights of Color

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Art Nouveau Style Boarders and Frames

Art Nouveau Style Boarders and Frames

Leslie Jordan Clary

Art Nouveau was a short-lived art movement from the 1880s to World War I that has had a big influence on the world of jewelry design. With its wild flourishes and free form sensual lines, known as the “whiplash line,” Art Nouveau provided a flamboyant contrast to the staid conventions of Edwardian jewelry that was also popular at the time.

The term Art Nouveau (new art) comes from the French, and France is generally considered the heart of the movement, the place where the art form culminated in both vision and technique. But Art Nouveau was a global movement. Known also as the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain, Jugendstil in Germany, the American Arts and Crafts movement as well as other terms, each country made its unique contribution to the style. All sought to celebrate freedom and to express the organic spontaneity of nature through art.

Floral Design in art nouveau style

In an age when the world was hurtling toward modernity, Art Nouveau rose up as a protest against mass production and the decline of individual craftsmanship. For inspiration, its artists looked to nature and the imagination. Designs that were surreal and disturbing were juxtaposed with gentle, floral motifs.

New lines of communication brought new ideas and artistic techniques to the attention of European artists. Japanese art, in particular, with its simple lines representing wind and water, as well as its subtle use of color, was a major influence in the development of Art Nouveau.

The impetus for the movement

During the 19th century Great Britain was the focal point of modernization. The Industrial Revolution began here, and England’s role as a colonizing empire opened the public’s mind to new ideas and art forms.

Not everyone was happy with industrialization, however, and many critics, particularly among artists and writers, spoke out against mass production, which they believed lessened the intrinsic value of an object. An artistic movement called the Arts and Crafts movement was born that called for a return to traditional methods and individual craftsmanship. The movement was spiritual in origin. It rejected the cold, mechanical influence of industrialization and yearned to reconnect with nature. Yet, industrialization also created the conditions for new cultures and ideas to emerge. It was dichotomy that found expression in the emerging new art forms.

The Arts and Crafts movement sought to reestablish the Medieval tradition of guilds and schools where artisans were taught how to craft an object from conception to finished product. The past was idealized as a time of lost innocence and ancient patterns of Gothic and Celtic art were rekindled, along with an appreciation of the history they represented.

Art Nouvveau peacock design

Two of the most influential designers from Britain’s Arts and Crafts period are Charles R. Ashbee and William Morris. Ashbee became well known for his vibrant peacock designs. The bodies were fashioned from abalone or turquoise-colored enamel with flamboyantly bejeweled tail feathers.  He also used floral motifs with sinuous, fluid lines that heralded the early patterns that would come to define Art Nouveau.

William Morris, although best known as a poet, is considered one of Great Britain’s great cultural icons. He was a major force in many avant-garde artistic circles and had a major influence on Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Although significant artists and artwork emerged from the Arts and Crafts movement, Great Britain was not quite ready to embrace the free form sensuality of the designs, and the movement there was relatively short lived.

On the European continent

Art Nouvveau Style Eve Painting

Whereas Great Britain was prim in their interpretation of the new ideas put forth by the Arts and Crafts movement, France picked up the thread and ran with it without inhibition. From France emerged Art Nouveau, as we know it today. Like Great Britain, France also embellished upon Gothic and Celtic designs, but now these flowing lines and patterns moved into the realm of the surreal. Like a nightmare on Sesame Street, in the hands of the French, Art Nouveau took on a deeper, psychological edge with nightmarish images. Woman as muse continued to be a recurrent theme, but these representations no longer idealized women in the manner of Victorian or Edwardian art, capturing them in cameos or in stiff portraits. Half woman and half insect creatures emerged from lotus blossoms. Medusa heads peeked out from bunches of leaves. Tree trunks took the forms of sinuous nudes.

Japanese Style Art Nouveau Floral Design

Japanese art with its delicate lines and subdued colors continued to have an impact and was absorbed into the French expression, but often with a twist. Some of these bizarre images may have been spurred on by drug use among the avant-garde Parisian café society who experimented with both drugs and ideas as a way of breaking through strictures and confinements. Natural beauty continued to be celebrated, but along with the flowers, the French gave the worms equal attention.

Several prominent jewelry designers came from this period. One of the most influential and innovative is René Lalique, who is credited with being the first Art Nouveau artist to use the female nude in his work. Lalique’s dramatic pieces are unequaled in their vision and surrealism. These sensual renditions were often portrayed as part insect, part fish, with strong sexual undertones. His pieces are experimental and he often incorporated glass into the enameling techniques. In gemstones he favored opals and moonstones and liked to play with the interplay of light and sparkle in his creations.

Lalique reached his pinnacle at the 1900 Paris Exhibition, but he became disillusioned with replicas of his work and moved away from Art Nouveau jewelry. Dozens of other designers, however, left their mark, as the movement transformed the way Europe looked at art.

Art Nouveau Butterfly

Known as Jugendstil in Germany, the early Art Nouveau work from this period is often indistinguishable from that which came from France. One representative artist, who also exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exhibition, is Wilhelm Lucas von Discuss Cranach. Like his French counterpoints, the Gothic influenced Cranach’s work. Blending beauty with terror, Cranach’s fantasy creatures came in the mutated forms of bugs and fish. His most famous brooch is an octopus with butterfly wings that is made from enameled gold, baroque pearls, diamonds, rubies, amethyst and topaz.

Jugendstil found inspiration in the British Arts and Crafts movement, but it evolved into a unique style of its own, and the later period distinguished itself with new emerging designs. Gentle floral motifs morphed into abstractions and then geometric shapes serving as a prelude to the Art Deco movement that would eventually pass up Art Nouveau.

Across the Atlantic

On the other side of the ocean, in the United States, a unique style that was strongly rooted in the Art Nouveau tradition yet with a distinctive flair was coming into its own. Two primary forces are behind the innovative jewelry of this era: Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Chicago Arts and Crafts movement.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was born into the well-established jewelry company his father had founded. Unlike his father, however, Louis was drawn to art more than to business. Louis traveled widely and brought new ideas from abroad to the Tiffany workshop. Inspired by Arts and Crafts movement in England, particularly their use of enamels and metals, Louis also incorporated Oriental and Byzantine motifs into creations that have been described as a blend of the English Arts and Crafts school and the motifs of Art Nouveau.

Art Nouveau style jewelry

Tiffany’s first gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, also had a profound effect on American jewelry design in the early 20th century. Like Louis, Kunz also traveled the world, but his search was for the world’s most exquisite gemstones to add to the Tiffany collection. At the time, most fine jewelers had little appreciation for unusual colored gemstones, preferring the standard diamonds, rubies and emeralds instead. Kunz, however, recognized their potential and began collecting the world’s most unusual gemstones, which began to create a buzz in artistic circles. In a 1927 Saturday Evening Post article, Kunz recalls a conversation with writer Oscar Wilde in which Wilde is quoted as saying, “My dear fellow, I see a renaissance of art, a new vogue to jewelry in this idea of yours. Bah! Who cares for the conservatives? Give them their costly jewels and conventional settings. Let me have these broken lights — these harmonies and dissonances of color.” (Kunz, 1927).

Kunz was equally passionate about American gemstones. Matrix turquoise, peridot from Arizona’s Apache nation, scintillating tourmaline from southern California, Montana sapphire and other American gems, formerly overlooked, found themselves suddenly coveted with a new value.

Using gemstones that Kunz had chosen, Louis set to work combining these stones in new and unusual patterns, ones that were more concerned about color and effect than intrinsic value. With graceful, coiling gold scrolls and unusual stones, he also incorporated glass into his pieces. The result was an art jewelry that became known as Tiffany Studio jewelry

Just as France was the global hub for Art Nouveau, Chicago served as the focal point for the American version. Founded in 1897, the Chicago Arts and Crafts Society adhered to an aesthetic of simplicity of design and use of natural materials. A number of innovative metalsmiths emerged from the Chicago Arts and Crafts movement. They drew inspiration from Native Americans, the American colonial period and nature. Their work reflected both the idealism of nature found in the British Arts and Crafts movement and the sensuality of the French Art Nouveau.

During this period several prominent women jewelers emerged in what had previously been a male dominated vocation. If you’re going to be in Chicago during the next year, the Driehaus Museum will be exhibiting Maker and Muse: Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry, which will feature the work of several of these early jewelers from the Chicago movement as well as some exquisite period pieces. The show opens Feb. 14, 2015 and continues until January 2016.

 

Beer Labels Art Nouveau Style

Each country that embraced Art Nouveau expressed it in a slightly different way, yet there were significant unifying connectors. The whiplash line is distinctly an Art Nouveau line expressing movement and passion. This line shows up in virtually all pieces. The lithe female nude also achieved prominence during this period, portrayed in ways that were both innocent and sensual. Mythological beasts, winged demons and other fantasy creatures were also adapted. Color and gemstones were also brought together in new and innovative ways.

Art Nouveau was a hopeful movement, celebrating freedom of expression and a sensual response to the natural world. The intentions were optimistic: to renew an interest in art and develop a new art form. Perhaps World War I damped some of the hopefulness of Art Nouveau. Or maybe it was the rise of cubism and modernism, but the Art Nouveau movement died out quickly and Art Deco with its sharp angles and geometric shapes became the next rage.

However, today it is one of the most sought after periods at major auction houses and throughout the past 100 years Art Nouveau has enjoyed limited revivals.

 

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