Brooch design of a Basket of flowers measuring 45mm (1 3/4 inch) across.
All our brooches are fitted with safety catches.
Few of the busy metal stamping factories, clustered around the Marais district in Paris, survived the First World War.
The houses of Gruson, Prat and Janvier (who worked closely with the master jeweller Lalique) are no more. The skills that worked out the elegant, feminine and intricate lines, which are now called “art nouveau”, perished with the French poilus (soldiers) and disappeared with Verdun.
Many of the heavy tools however, cut by hand into the steel of that time, are still in existence; and if you know where to look, and are prepared to subsidise the work, jewelery, brooches and ear-rings
from this priceless resource, using silver or brass can still be made.
Most of our jewelery is stamped in these old dies, first in brass and then silver-plated and hand finished .
So it follows that our art nouveau jewelery range does not represent replicas of old pieces. These are no more than the same pieces in brand-new condition.
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