"The greatest innovation was the introduction of the female form into jewellery. For centuries, with the exception of cameos, intaglios and miniatures, the depicting of the female figure had been excluded from jewels, as if women hated, or considered bad taste, the idea of adorning themselves with the features of another. Art nouveau made the woman's profile, and the naked, sensuous female body, its emblems, and the fin de siècle woman, now concious of her new position on society and of her femininity, wore such jewels with enthusiasm."
Excerpt from David Bennet & Daniela Mascetti, Understanding Jewellery
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