What’s All the Buzz About Pliqué à Jour?

If you get the chance to buy a piece of authentic pliqué à jour art nouveau jewelry, don’t hesitate. With demand rising and supplies tight, you’ll be fortunate to find almost anything. Some say the supply is so limited that the only trading is among dealers themselves. Why the scarcity? Estate jewelry expert Diana Singer, owner of D&E Singer in New York, cites three reasons. “One, there wasn’t a ton of it made. Two, it is fragile—it’s basically stained glass. And three, it has become highly collectible.” The recent Florida estate jewelry show and the Lalique exhibits in New York, Washington, D.C., and Dallas all served to heighten demand. “There’s not much of it around these days, especially since the museum shows,” explains jeweler and appraiser Eleanor Agnelli of East Hartford, Conn., an art nouveau specialist. Adds Singer, “In the past you could always
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