Era - Art Nouveau
Materials - 14k Gold & Diamonds
Length - 16"
It started with a phone call made the day after Christmas in 1894. Following initial success, the Greek tragedy Gismonda would continue to run in the new year with Sarah Berhardt in the titular role. The artists who would have usually been responsible for creating the new theatrical posters were out for the holidays. But Alphonse Mucha happened to be in the right place at the right time. The poster he designed was the talk of Paris when it made its debut on 1 January 1895, and the continued collaboration between Berhardt and Mucha is considered a cornerstone of the Art Nouveau movement—a design style which influenced everything from architecture to interior design to jewelry.
With its sleek lines and soft shapes, the Art Nouveau Negligee Necklace is a quintessential piece of Art Nouveau history. Studying Mucha’s renderings of Bernhardt, we can easily imagine her wearing just such a delicate statement piece. Expertly fashioned from 14K gold, this elegant necklace features parallel asymmetrical diamond drops suspended from the gorgeous center diamond pendant. Without that phone call and the collaboration which helped launch an entire artistic movement, this beauty might not have come into being. Thank goodness for serendipity.