Since 1975, manufacturers and designers of silver plated perfume bottles, boxes, fragrances, silver and jewellery, photoframes and antique replicas of sculptural forms.
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Poppies is a favourite flower of the art nouveau period. It symbolised dreams and fantasy. We have other brooches called Poppy so we decided to call this one opiates. Stamped by the same factory (Janvier) that worked for Ren? Lalique when he was the finest jeweller in the world. We have a large range of art nouveau jewellery all stamped in France in the original dies. This is one of our finest pieces. Fitted with the best safety catches, hinges and pins supplied by Ballou.

Few of the busy metal stamping factories, clustered around the Marais district in Paris, survived the First World War. The houses of Gruson, Prat and Janvier (who worked closely with the master jeweller Lalique) are no more. The skills that worked out the elegant, feminine and intricate lines, which are now called “art nouveau”, perished with the French poilus (soldiers) and disappeared with Verdun. Many of the heavy tools however, cut by hand into the steel of that time, are still in existence; and if you know where to look, and are prepared to subsidise the work, jewellery, brooches and ear-rings from this priceless resource, using silver or brass can still be made. Most of our jewellery is stamped in these old dies, first in brass and finished and silver-plated in Forest Row. So it follows that our art nouveau jewellery range does not represent replicas of old pieces. These are no more than the same pieces in brand-new condition.

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