Jewelry That Grows Like Flowers on a Vine

The medieval technique of stained glass was overdue for modernization when, in 1893, Louis Comfort Tiffany introduced favrile, the color-dense opalescent glass that helped establish his lamps and windows as icons of American decorative arts. In 1902, Tiffany became the art director of Tiffany & Co., the jewelry shop his father had co-founded over six decades earlier. Now, one of his most famous light fixtures, the Wisteria lamp — designed by Clara Driscoll, who was the head of his glass-cutting studio — has inspired a necklace more than two years in the making. A droopy and lustrous umbrella of pale purple blooms, it combines the painterly tones of favrile with the naturalism of Art Nouveau.

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