Vintage Italian Micro Mosaic Heart Shaped Pin Brooch
Beautiful Micro Mosaic Heart-Shaped Pin/Brooch. It measures approximately 1" x 1" and weighs 7 grams. The brooch is in very good condition with no broken or missing micro mosaic pieces noted. On the back, the pin is marked "Italy”. The bar pin secures with a rollover clasp and is in good working order. It's in excellent vintage condition.
This attractive micro mosaic pin has a dark blue edge that nicely accents the bright colorful floral center.
The term “micro mosaic” (also spelled “micromosaic” and “micro-mosaic”) was coined by wealthy 20th-century collector Sir Arthur Gilbert in reference to Roman mosaics composed of little glass bricks called tesserae. Packed with 1,500 to 5,000 pieces per square inch, this type of miniature mosaic was sold as fine jewelry to Victorian ladies in the early and mid-19th century, when the tourism trade blossomed in Rome. Today, two other types of jewelry—Florentine "pietra dura" and Venetian mosaic—also fall under the umbrella of micro mosaics from the Victorian era. Most commonly found as brooches and pendants, Roman micro mosaics were also sold in large parures, demi parures, and as individual bracelets, necklaces, and pairs of earrings. Cemented to a glass, stone, or metal background and framed, the glass tesserae were originally so small, these brooches appeared to have been painted or enameled, until they were examined under a microscope.
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Item ID: PIN 14-022
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