The art of micromosaic jewelry dates back to the end of the 18th century. It became fashionable when the remains of Pompeii were discovered in 1748 under the ashes of the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius, and the first micromosaic jewelry pieces made in Naples and Rome were miniatures of temple ruins and copies of the frescos found in the villas of Pompeii. The glass sticks used for the mosaics came from Murano and were extremely fine and tiny. We visited Murano near Venice some years ago and asked if the tiny glass sticks were still to be found as we had some jewelry with bits missing. Unfortunately, the modern glass sticks are at least 3 or 4 times thicker than the old ones. Although the Murano glass blowers still produce the very heavy and thick 50s ashtrays and vases exactly as 50 years ago, they seem to have lost the skill to do the tiny glass sticks. So, the finer a micromosaic is, the older the jewelry! The brooches we offer you here are very fine and old. The first pin has a very unusual lozenge or diamond shape with a floral oval center surrounded by semi-circle elements. It has a safety clasp and probably dates from the 20s-30s. It is 1½ x 1" (38 x 26 mm). The second piece, an elongated ellipse pin, is older: we reckon from the Art Nouveau – late Victorian period, around 1900. It has a very fine floral decor, a C clasp and measures 2½ x " (65 x 8 mm). Both brooches are in very good vintage condition with bright colors and no tiles missing, as far as we can tell. They will ship Priority registered airmail for $7 in the countries neighboring Switzerland and $9 anywhere else in the world. Two adorable little brooches!
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