Special Jewel of the month
A GEORGEOUS AND VERSATILE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY FRENCH INDOCHINE JADE AND SILVER LONG CHAIN
A SPECIAL JEWEL FOR MARCH. A GEORGEOUS AND VERSATILE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY FRENCH INDOCHINE JADE AND SILVER LONG CHAIN.
France has had a romantic and enduring love affair with French Indochine since it became a French colony in 1887. Fascination with the exoticism, history, life and romance of this Asian country has remained strong until this day with historic French Indochine art, pottery, objets and jewellery still eagerly sought out and collected today by French people.
This interest was fostered by the French Government when France held The Great Exposition in Paris in 1901. The Great Expositions- international fairs on a huge scale- were held in the late nineteenth into the twentieth century in Europe and the United Kingdom to promote industry, culture and the fine Arts. At The Great Exposition in Paris in 1901 France actively promoted the arts of French Indochine. Five traditional Indochine pavilions were transported to France to be part of the Exhibition; one was devoted to precious metalwork and jewellery. During the Exhibition artisans and jewellers worked in full view of the watching public creating jewellery which could be purchased. Cleverly French Indochine jewellery incorporated stylistic elements, gems, metals and motifs which would appeal to both local inhabitants of French Indochine and the French.
Particularly for the French customer this silver and jade chain recalls the traditional French long chains with navette shaped filigree links, the edges partially enhanced with traditional millegrain. The links however are made in silver not the gold of a traditional French long chain. The links are also somewhat larger and bolder and each alternates with a jadeite round bead to appeal to the local customer as well as the French. Today this boldness and cool contrast of the silver and jadeite which became very popular in the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s, and the versatility and informality of the chain make it particularly attractive to the modern eye.
A very special jewel at a special price for March.