This lovely piece comprises a large 15kt (tested) set pietra dura brooch which has been converted to a pendant, with a thin 12kt (tested) chain added to each side. The picture is of a bouquet of flowers with a central large light pink flower, with leaves and white and orange flowers.
Pietra Dura (or pietra dure) is an Italian term for a method of inlaying colored stones or gems into a stone base. It has been described as stone marquetry. The surrounding base in which the colored stones are inlaid is usually black marble. A common theme of these inlay pictures was flowers, sometimes with birds and fruit. Commonly used stones are colored marble, as well as gemstones like quartz, chalcedony, agate, jasper and porphyry. Florence, Italy, was the center of the pietra dura craft during the 16th to 19th centuries. Much of the jewelry sold today comes from the Victorian period when it was collected as souvenirs by travelers doing their ‘Grand Tour’ of Italy.
The brooch is a good size, measuring 1 6/8 inches by 1.5 inches. The whole piece is 17.5 inches long and weighs 13.53 grams. The condition of the pietra dura is good.
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