Art Nouveau Era

The Art Nouveau designers drew their inspiration from Nature and organic forms.  This rare swivel locket is made from 9ct yellow gold and features stylized image of an Iris flower – a popular motif – crafted in relief with a textured effect to the gold background within a flowing organic border.   The ancient Greek Goddess Iris materialized as a rainbow – often believed to be the link between Heaven and Earth.  The locket was made in Birmingham in 1901 – just into the Edwardian period, it is in superb original condition and is unusual in design as the cover swivels open to reveal the treasured contents within; rather than the more usual hinged style lockets.  A genuine piece from the Art Nouveau era!