Art Nouveau or 'the new art' stood as a fantastic expression of the natural world. The 'whiplash' represented organic or sensuous symbols such as rippling hair, billowing veils, or even the female form. Vivid mandarin orange and grass- green garnets emphasize the natural botanical themes and colors. Art Nouveau proposes to suggest reality rather than imitate nature. A bouquet of cold diamonds can never have the same charm as a fresh, sweet-smelling flowers. Mandarin and grass-green are suggestive of that natural botanical theme to enliven one's senses as they imagine the smell of a ripe orange or a freshly cut lawn. The interwoven lines of the piece itself shift in color subtly as it reflects its surrounding. There is a true sense of warmth ripe with flavor accented with the natural tangerine freshwater pearl drop.
The Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry Gallery is filled with one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, and beautifully designed custom jewelry. Shop a curated collection of local and regional jewelry in the gallery or have Michael Corneau design a piece for you!
Written by Susan Lucas