"The art of micromosaics began as a Byzantine phenomenon which, in 1576, was embraced by the Catholic Church with the formation in Rome of the Vatican Mosaic Studio. Still, it was not until the late 18th century that micromosaic pictures became a staple souvenir of the Grand Tour. Across the 19th century, there were many makers, predominantly Roman of these mementos. Standards and abilities varied widely, with the best micromosaics being assembled from literally thousands of tesserae, colored glass tiles so small that they are difficult to see except under magnification."
This is such a beautiful work of art. This necklace dates from the late 1700's early 1800's. It is crafted from Red Jasper, 18K-20K yellow gold & Tesserae. The necklace consists of 7 Micro mosaic plaques. The center one being an Italian lady holding a bouquet of flowers. They are all set in a 18K-20K bezel crown setting with an open back. The base stone is jasper with very fine tesserae tiles inlayed. They appear to be no missing tesserae in any of the plaques. The other scenes are a bouquet of flowers, Beatles, and a rose. The one rose plaque has been repaired and reinforced with an epoxy. It is stable with no movement. The condition of the jasper for all of the piece is good with minor chipping to the edges under a loop. The bottom of the center plaque has a hairline crack at the bottom outside edge in addition to the single rose plaque being repaired. The double chain will drape around the collar of the neck. The clasp is obviously not original but is at found. This piece came from out mothers estate and was tucked away, never for sale. Please view all photo's carefully as they are park of the description. The metal has been electronically tested and fell between 18K and 20K. The clasp is 14K.
Length at top chain: 17 1/2"
Center plaque: 1" x 3/4"
Circa: late 1700's to early 1800's
Weight: 18.4 grams
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