The term Grand Tour refers to 17th through 19th century custom of a trip by young people to Europe, especially to Italy. While being in Rome, Naples, Herculaneum, Pompeii and other famous cities they visited ancient artifacts and ladies 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. The presented earrings are a good example of micro-mosaic jewelry. Colorful tesserae make up a bright bouquet set in oval black onyx medallions. The 7/8" X 3/4" medallions are mounted into 14K rose gold frame with repousse embellishment. The hollow gold balls suspended underneath are adding movement to the beautiful earrings. The clasps are old lever back type. The earrings are not hallmarked, 14K gold acid tested. They are 1 1/4" long, 3/4" wide and weigh 9.2 grams.
Excellent vintage condition commensurate with age,
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