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Antique Edwardian Micro-Mosaic Pendant/Brooch, Ca. 1910

Antique Edwardian Micro-Mosaic Pendant/Brooch, Ca. 1910

Regular price $80.00 USD
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This sweet antique micro-mosaic pendant centers upon a yellow rose, with an unusual palette of orange, blue, and green forming scalloped details. This jewelry style was made popular in Italy, and became extreme fashionable during the Grand Tour Period (1680-1880), during which wealthy families would take lengthy trips around Europe, and pick up distinct examples of regional craftsmanship along the way. I've always been enamored with micro-mosaic jewelry and decorative art, and the way it's made is so fascinating: To create a micro mosaic, rods of opaque vitreous glass made, and then cut into tiny fragments called "tesserae." These pieces are assembled by hand in a small metal tray, in a very labor-intensive process. You will sometimes see modern reproductions of Italian micro-mosaic jewelry, but it is immediately identifiable as not original due to the larger chunky pieces, as opposed to this delicate ones which blends together nearly seamlessly. It is finished with a pin in the back, so it can be worn as a brooch, but I also love it worn as a pendant, when strung on any gold chain; you can also add the gold chain pictured. Measures 2.5 cm diameter. The Red Floral Micro-Mosaic Pendant pictured is also available

Great antique condition. There is some wear to the reverse side commensurate with its age and use, but it is not visible when worn, and it adds to the antique character of the piece. With any questions about the specific condition or size, please email for additional photos or measurements, as all sales are final.

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