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The Art History Gift Guide

Common Era holds true to an undying, centuries-spanning love for art – literature, architecture, and of course a swath of visual arts (painting, sculpture, mosaics, and so forth). Our muses are similarly drawn to the unrelenting beauty and symbolism of visual arts, so for this year’s gift guide, we have paired our favorite eras of art history with some of our most beloved CE pieces.

This year, the perfect gift is one that is thoughtfully chosen, lasts a lifetime, and speaks to the spirit of your muse. All this, and you’re shopping small. Find your or your muse’s favorite art period and style below and gift the perfect Common Era jewelry this year ❤️

Italian Early and High Renaissance c. 1425-1520

botticelliCharacterized by: soft, blurred edges, earthy settings, human forms, use of depth and realistic colors

Prominent artists: Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael

Perfect pairings:

Leda and the Swan Pendant

Aphrodite, Goddess of Love Garnet Necklace or Molten Ring

Galatea Pearl Collar


Dutch/Netherlandish Early Renaissance c. 1430-1580

Characterized by: rich, bright colors especially in fabrics, spiritual symbolism, scenes involving common people and everyday life

Prominent artists: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Hieronymus Bosch

Perfect pairings:

Medusa Molten Earrings & Seven Emerald Necklace

Polyhymnia Muse of Hymns Necklace

Magic SATOR Square Talisman


Baroque Era c. 1585-1700/30

Characterized by: movement, sumptuous fabrics, vivid colors, striking emotion and tension, use of dramatic light and shadow, illusion and spectacle

Prominent artists: Caravaggio, Bernini, Vermeer, Gentileschi

Perfect pairings:

Persephone, Goddess of Spring Ruby Necklace & Molten Ring

Gaia, Goddess of Motherhood Emerald Necklace & Molten Ring

Melpomene Muse of Drama Necklace

Baroque Pearl Necklace


Rococo c. 1704-1770s

Characterized by: femininity, soft and lovely pastel colors, aristocracy, calm and sunny nature settings, romance, passion and gaiety

Prominent artists: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, François Boucher, Jean-Antoine Watteau

Perfect pairings:

Erato Muse of Love Necklace

Floating Pearl and Opal Drop Earrings

Botticelli’s Daydream Hair Collection


Neoclassical c. 1760s-1850s

Bouguereau

Characterized by: timeless form, restrained colors, austerity, solemnity, symmetry, classical subject matter

Prominent artists: William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Jacques-Louis David, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Perfect pairings:

Artemis, Goddess of Wild Things Diamond Necklace & Molten Ring

Clio Muse of History Necklace

Pleiades White Sapphire Studs


Pre-Raphaelite c. 1848-1900

Waterhouse

Characterized by: sharpness and clarity of lighting and detail, return to nature, classical and Arthurian subject matter, deeply symbolic, expressive of poetic, philosophic, and spiritual ideas, lavish imagery

Prominent artists: John Everett Millias, John William Waterhouse, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Perfect pairings:

Vestal Virgins Pendant

Circe, Goddess of Witchcraft Diamond Necklace & Molten Ring

Calliope Muse of Poetry Necklace


Art Nouveau c. 1890s-1914

Klimt

Characterized by: delicacy, asymmetry, nature on a minute scale including vines, buds and wings, sculptural curves and arches, little depth

Prominent artists: Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley

Perfect pairings:

Athena, Goddess of Wisdom Sapphire Necklace & Molten Ring

Eye of Horus Talisman

Eternal Secret Talisman

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