This wonderful pin or brooch dates from the late Victorian era, circa 1890. It is know as pietra dura, Italian for inlaid stone, and was likely a Grand Tour souvenir.
The pin with its central pietra dura plaque is framed in a gold colored metal, that looks to be gold filled. It is a very delicate and charming frame with flowers and a lacy open work design. The oval center has a shiny black onyx background and a center inlaid with colored stones, showing two flowers, one pink and orange, and the other brown. There are some blue buds on top and green leaves on the bottom. These semi precious stones are typical of those found in the area where the pin was made.
The brooch has a safety clasp closure that does not look to be a replacement, therefore I am dating it to the late Victorian era. It is in very good vintage condition.
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