Of stylised Chinoiserie design, composed of a carved amazonite section embellished with onyx and amazonite rondelles, mounted in gold, suspended from a twisted silk chord, signed Janesich, circa 1925, French...
Of stylised Chinoiserie design, composed of a carved amazonite section embellished with onyx and amazonite rondelles, mounted in gold, suspended from a twisted silk chord, signed Janesich, circa 1925, French assay marks and maker's mark.
Note: This pendant exemplifies the Modern jewellery design that was championed by the avant garde jewellery houses in Paris in the run up to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Moderne. Drawing inspiration from Chinese, Japanese, Persian and Indian art, these notes were incorporated in abstract designs or translated into romantic stylisations that embellished the rigorous lines dictated by the geometry of architectural elements providing a framework for these revolutionary jewels. This example is particularly pure in form and uses an unconventional material - green coloured feldspar - called amazonite.
According to Dr. Max Bauer's 'Precious Stones' written in 1904 the name amazonite first appeared in the mid 18th century to describe a green stone found in the Amazon rivers of South America...although it's unlikely that this was indeed the same mineral and probably a form of nephrite, as there aren't any obvious deposits of green feldspar in that region. Amazonite is most famously found in the Ural Mountains and North America. Dr Bauer states that the material is rarely used outside of the regions in which it's found, namely Russia and North America. It's rather lovely to think that a couple of decades later, the modern thinking decorative artists of Europe craving the tones and mottled textures of Jade in their work would embrace the material as a beautiful alternative...we have seen numerous examples of it being used around this period by various important Parisian jewellery houses and often in designs inspired by China or Japanese art. This piece being particularly large and homogenous in colour makes it a lovely occasion to admire not only the jewel but the particular charms of this mineral.