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ARTS AND CRAFTS JEWELLERS
A lot of the ideals of the Art Nouveau design movement were also shared by Arts and Crafts movement jewellers in Northern Europe, Britain, and the United States. Both movements had deep roots in mid-19th century Britain. Two leading British cultural figures, the philosopher and designer William Morris and the art critic John Ruskin wrote about the dissatisfaction of many craftsmen and artists with industrialisation and the low quality goods it produced. Morris and Ruskin romanticised the medieval handicraft organisations believing that these groups maintained standards of good workmanship, and strongly encouraged creativity amongst their members.
Similar to Art Nouveau jewellers, Arts and Crafts Jewellers produced finely detailed jewellery including necklaces, bracelets, and brooches , and their work featured similar entwined and undulating lines. Materials such as enamel and silver appealed to them much more than more costly materials such as emeralds and gold. They also favoured the same enigmatic imagery as Art Nouveau jewellers, such as Viking ships, peacocks, and wistful maidens.
Archibald Knox Murrle Bennet turquoise brooch Silver and enamel Archibald Knox brooch