Elegant antique silver filigree Petra Dura pin, features a hard stone mosaic with a colorful floral motif in pink, golden, olive, coral color. It is in a delicate beaded silver filigree frame(tested).
Mosaics were popular souvenirs for the Victorian traveler. The mosaics from Florence were commonly known as "petra dura" (literally, hard stone). This is a technique in which thin slices of colored stones are cut with a small saw or copper wire into shapes and fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to produce a picture. Usually a bed of black marble is used as a foundation. Flowers and birds were favorite motifs.
This piece measures approx. 1-3/8 inches diameter, in very good condition, the pin bar, hinge and catch are all working perfectly.
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