Silvio’s Workbench – Repairs & Art Nouveau

Tuesday, 3 pm. Repairs are the order of the day at Ornament Studio and repairs offer a great range of challenges. They also bring fascinating pieces to the bench.

“I just fixed an old Art Nouveau piece,” says Silvio, as he carefully pulls an intricate gold pendant from a little pouch. “This was brought in by Kiersten, from the Reclaimed Aura Boutique. I added an androdite garnet to replace the stone that was missing from it.”

Art Nouveau Pendant

Art Nouveau is a philosophy and style that emerged in graphic and applied arts, particularly in the decorative arts, between 1890–1910.

“This pendant reminds me of René Lalique’s work,” continues Silvio. “Here, see this brooch? This is another example of Art Nouveau. This looks a lot like a Lalique also. He is a famous French Art Nouveau jeweler. This reminds me of the dragon flies and cicadas he designed.”

Art Nouveau Brooch

René Lalique (1860 – 1645), one of France’s foremost Art Nouveau jewelery designers,  was known for his jewelery, but also for his unique perfume bottles, chandeliers, clocks and even hood ornaments.

Also just finished on the workbench, a 24-karat American Gold Bullion. “The original screw between the bullion and the ring broke. I made a rivet to replace this.”

Gold Bullion

A bullion coin is a coin that is used as an investment rather than in day-to-day commerce. It is also considered with respect to quantity rather than face value.

Also Read: Garnets – Red, Orange, Even Green


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