Art Nouveau styleViolets design Brooch This stylish and loving Brooch is made out of Brass that is then lovingly Silver Plated. What a lovely idea for that special Valentines present.Everyone loves the delicate flower of the Violet and this design is lovingly copied to producean amazing brooch. Hand welded with the best Ballou safety catches, pins and hinges.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. So it follows that our art nouveau style jewellery range does not represent replicas of old pieces andis no more than the same pieces in brand-new condition.