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Art Nouveau Amethyst Brooch

Art Nouveau amethyst brooch. (J9223)

Art Nouveau Amethyst!

A lovely, light amethyst rests between the flowing wings of an exotic butterfly, or perhaps it is a bat.  Beneath the amethyst a small pearl glows like a distant full moon.  A wonderful expression of the Art Nouveau taste for beauty, fantasy and dramatically flowing designs.  Created in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

The reverse of the brooch is solidly crafted in 14kt gold with a sturdy frame to support the flowing design.  Note the sturdy pin stem and early safety clasp that secure brooch on a blouse or jacket lapel.  The care taken in crafting this jewel is equally evident on the front and the back of the piece.

Close-up of Hayden Wheeler maker's mark. (J9067)

On the reverse of the brooch just beneath the amethyst, a small plaque records the mark of Hayden W. Wheeler & Company.   The maker's signature (a large "W" enclosing a smaller "H" and "W") is surrounded by a "14" and "K" for the purity of the gold.  Hayden Wheeler was a maker of fine jewelry and pocketwatch cases based in New York. The firm was in operation from about 1850 to the early 1930s.

Name:  Art Nouveau Amethyst

Cost:  $785

Measurements:  This Art Nouveau brooch is crafted in 14kt yellow gold and measures 1 1/4" by 3/4".  It weighs 3.7 grams.

Here are a few more elegant jewels from the past ...

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