Outstanding Italian Grand Tour micro mosaic bracelet C. 1860's.
Vivid colors glass tesserae (tiles) are painstakingly cut into beveled onyx plaques.
There are 6 plaques, bezel set and adorned with filigree frames, 1 1/16” X 15/16”.
Each micro mosaic depicts a different ancient roman ruin scenery.
The push-in clasp is 13/16” X 3/4” large and adorned with engraving.
Safety chain is intact.
The bracelet is 6 3/4” long.
The bracelet is not hallmarked, tested 9K gold.
Total weight is 36.5 grams.
The micro mosaic plaques are in excellent condition.
Gold is covered with beautiful antique patina.
The clasp has a minor manufacturer imperfection (see pictures).
The tongue of the clasp is possibly old replacement and is not gold.
Overall very good antique condition.
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.
The interest to ancient Rome also sparkled a few times after Vesuvius eruptions in 18th
and 19th centuries.
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.
Antique Victorian 9K Gold Micro Mosaic Bracelet Grand Tour Roman Scenic C.1860’s