Gorgeous Italian Grand Tour era micro mosaic on onyx brooch C. 1860.
Life like bouquet of forget-me-not flowers with a dove made of colorful glass
tesserae (tiles) painstakingly cut into beveled onyx plaque 1 5/8” X 1 5/16”.
The brooch equipped with C clasp with tubular hinge.
Very good antique condition.
There is normal wear corresponding to the age
and patina on the clasp.
The term Grand Tour refers to 17th through 19th century custom
of a trip by young people to Europe, especially to Italy.
They were buying traditional jewelry from local jewelers.
One of the jewelry making techniques was micro-mosaic
which had been known since Roman times and still very popular.
Tiny pieces of specially prepared glass (tesserae) were set in cut out areas of black onyx or glass.
Micro-mosaic items stayed in good shape for many years and still fascinate imagination.
Forget-Me-Not plants symbolize true love.
Doves are as a symbol of care, devotion, purity, and peace.
Victorian Italian Grand Tour Micro Mosaic Onyx Brooch Dove Forget-Me-Not Flowers