Saturday, April 30, 2011
In the case of ‘Juno,’ this jewel was designed and made by Boucheron, the hallowed design house. It was exhibited at the Paris Exposition in 1900 and is one of the great Art Nouveau jewels. Juno (the most powerful Roman goddess) is carved in white jade, clothed in peacock armor and detailed with yellow sapphires and diamonds. It is a tour de force of design and manufacturing, and can carry the word magnificent with great comfort. It is almost five inches long and as a pendant as striking and symbolic as any Art Nouveau jewel ever made.