A very beautiful Italian pietra dura hardstone floral inlay pin meticulously made in 14k.
This is a wonderful example of the hard to find pietra dura technique.
Pietra Dura appeared in Rome in the 16th century and is a highly collectible antique treasure today.
This piece is expertly crafted with graceful form and gradations in color.
The various colors of the marble and gemstones are inlaid into an Italian black marble background, the black marble background really highlights the delicate floral.
The undersides of the stones are grooved so that they interlocked like a jigsaw puzzle with everything is held in place by some kind of adhesive and mounting.
There are two daisies, a bud and an orchid, all have green foliage.
It is set in a 14k bezel with seven rows of fine twisted wire built up around it to form a dimensional frame.
It has a hinged tube style pin stem, the old style C clasp has been professionally replaced with a secure safety clasp.
Unmarked, the gold tested 14k with acid. The pin stem, safety catch and backing behind the pietra dura are not gold.
Measures 1&5/8" by 1&3/8", the pietra dura measures 1&5/16" by 1&1/8".
Excellent condition with no damage or visible wear.
An exceptional pietra dura pin with a lovely floral motif.
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