This wonderful Italian Pietra Dura Brooch has blooming baby carnations or Dianthus.. The mount is just wonderful and silver and gold. The border is a unique Greek Key design. The carnations are pink, white, orange with a touch of red.
The gold is testing at least 15K. The Greek Key border I believe is niello over silver. The mosaic flowers are thinly laid pieces of semi-precious gems which were polished to a shiny finish and then inlaid into black onyx. The brooch is a lovely size and measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/4". It weighs 6.80 grams.
The original open C clasp is in perfect working order. I have seen many of these over the years but the use of the gold and silver really makes this extra special. In hand it looks nearly perfect. Under magnification there are a couple little indentations on the gold beading on the outside edge of the mount. I do not think this distracts personally.
Italian in Origin, Circa 1860..
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*Primary Significance: Fascination, Distinction, and Love.
What is delicate, durable, and delightful all in one? The carnation , scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus, is a historically rich and meaningful flower choice. With its scientific name dianthus roughly translating to “flower of love” or “flower of the gods”, depending on the source, this flower is one that has been revered for centuries. One of the world’s oldest cultivated flowers, the carnation is appreciated for its ruffled appearance, clove-like scent, and extended blooming period.
The carnation’s history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times, when it was used in art and decor. Christians believe that the first carnation bloomed on earth when Mary wept for Jesus as he carried his cross. Carnations in these early times were predominantly found in shades of pale pink and peach, but over the years the palette of available colors has grown to include red, yellow, white, purple, and even green. Throughout so many centuries of change, the popularity of the carnation has remained undiminished. The fact that the carnation continues to endure is a testament to its vast appeal.
Antique Pietra Dura Brooch Baby Carnations ~ Victorian