Jewelry

20th century dragonfly jewelry

White gold dragonfly brooch set with 396 diamonds totaling approximately 8.50 carats Mimi.
White gold dragonfly brooch set with 396 diamonds totaling approximately 8.50 carats Mimi.

The triumphant popularity of dragonflies in the world of jewelry began in the Victorian era. Then massive lush decorations depicting dragonflies were made of pure gold and large precious stones. They looked luxurious and massive. The artists tried to get as close to nature as possible and make precious insects very alive and realistic. Fantasy was not welcome – only a clear adherence to nature!

Fundamentally, the approach to depicting dragonflies in jewelry changed a little later – at the beginning of the 20th century, in the graceful era of Art Nouveau. At that time, all the representatives of flora and fauna that were used in jewelry art were not important in themselves – their symbolism came to the fore, those deep meanings and images that they carried.

Dragonfly brooch adorned with rubies and diamonds.
Dragonfly brooch adorned with rubies and diamonds.

Recognized modern jewelers – Rene Lalique, Georges Fouquet, Alphonse Mucha and others were not afraid to swim against the current and use non-standard techniques and materials in their products. The jewelry revolution that they started did not mean a complete rejection of sparkling diamonds and rubies, but they also legitimized “minor” materials in jewelry – for example, horn, bone, glass. However, the most fully refined aesthetics of Art Nouveau was expressed with the help of stained glass enamel.

20th century dragonfly jewelry

Gold brooch in the form of a dragonfly decorated with stained glass enamel two opals rubies demantoid garnets sapphires and diamonds Austria.
Gold brooch in the form of a dragonfly decorated with stained glass enamel two opals rubies demantoid garnets sapphires and diamonds Austria.
Gold brooch in the form of a dragonfly decorated with stained glass enamel rubies sapphires and diamonds.
Brooch in the form of a dragonfly decorated with stained glass enamel rubies sapphires and diamonds.
Gold ring with a large citrine in a gold setting in the form of dragonflies adorned with citrines sapphires and diamonds.
Gold ring with a large citrine in a gold setting in the form of dragonflies adorned with citrines sapphires and diamonds.
Gold dragonfly brooch set with rubies sapphires and diamonds.
Gold dragonfly brooch set with rubies sapphires and diamonds.
Openwork dragonfly wing link gold necklace set with diamonds Tiffany Co.
Openwork dragonfly wing link gold necklace set with diamonds Tiffany Co.
Gold brooch in the form of a dragonfly decorated with enamel rubies and diamonds.
Dragonfly jewelry decorated with enamel rubies and diamonds.
Gold moonstone dragonfly brooch set with diamonds.
Dragonfly jewelry brooch with moonstone and diamonds.
Gold brooch in the form of a dragonfly adorned with diamonds.
Gold brooch in the form of a dragonfly adorned with diamonds.
Platinum dragonfly brooch with folded wings made of aquamarine plates set with diamonds emeralds and tourmalines AK Collection.
Platinum dragonfly brooch with folded wings made of aquamarine plates set with diamonds emeralds and tourmalines AK Collection.
Set of brooches in the form of dragonflies and frogs made of gold with stained glass enamel diamonds and pearls J. Piodoro.
Set of brooches in the form of dragonflies and frogs made of gold with stained glass enamel diamonds and pearls J. Piodoro.
Brooch in the form of a dragonfly with wings made of stained glass enamel adorned with diamonds and precious stones.
Brooch in the form of a dragonfly with wings made of stained glass enamel adorned with diamonds and precious stones.
Dragonfly brooch set with enamel and diamonds in white gold BUCCELLATI.
Dragonfly brooch set with enamel and diamonds in white gold BUCCELLATI.
Dragonfly brooch set with rubies sapphires and diamonds.
Dragonfly brooch set with rubies sapphires and diamonds.
Brooch in titanium and gold in the shape of a dragonfly set with chrysoberyls sapphires and diamonds craftsman Chen Chang firm G.
Brooch in titanium and gold in the shape of a dragonfly set with chrysoberyls sapphires and diamonds craftsman Chen Chang firm G.
Winged dragonfly brooch in plique a jour stained glass enamel set with rubies and diamonds.
Winged dragonfly brooch in plique a jour stained glass enamel set with rubies and diamonds.
Necklace in white gold with diamond dragonflies on a background of sapphires.
Necklace in white gold with diamond dragonflies on a background of sapphires.
Brooch in the form of a dragonfly with wings made of stained glass enamel set with sapphires and diamonds France.
Brooch in the form of a dragonfly with wings made of stained glass enamel set with sapphires and diamonds France.
Platinum dragonfly brooch with leopard agate and diamonds.
Platinum dragonfly brooch with leopard agate and diamonds.
Gold necklace with dragonfly pendant in rock crystal with diamonds and rubies BOUCHERON.
Gold necklace with dragonfly pendant in rock crystal with diamonds and rubies BOUCHERON.
Carved jadeite brooch with a diamond set in gold.
Carved jadeite brooch with a diamond set in gold.
Gold pendant with diamonds and emeralds attributed to Andrew Grima.
Gold pendant with diamonds and emeralds attributed to Andrew Grima.
Rare solid gold necklace in the form of a swarm of brown enamel dragonflies with plique a jour enamel wings around a drop of pear shaped citrine Rene Lalique circa 1900.
Rare solid gold necklace in the form of a swarm of brown enamel dragonflies with plique a jour enamel wings around a drop of pear shaped citrine Rene Lalique circa 1900.