This is a lovely brooch. It is crafted from bright 18K bloomed gold. The frame features an amazing and very pleasing Etruscan feel to it with the domed swirl motif which leads up the the crown bezel setting. The center features a super finely details micro mosaic figure set in black onyx. All of the tesserae is in tact with no notable tiles missing. The onyx is cracked significantly but the work is very stable in the bezel setting with no movement. It is a shame because this is such a fine example of good early micro mosaic work. The pin may be a replacement. the C clasp is original and is hallmarked with san Old Roman Gold Hallmark.
"The term “micro mosaic” (also spelled “micromosaic” and “micro-mosaic”) was coined by wealthy 20th-century collector Sir Arthur Gilbert in reference to Roman mosaics composed of little glass bricks called tesserae. Packed with 1,500 to 5,000 pieces per square inch, this type of miniature mosaic was sold as fine jewelry to Victorian ladies in the early and mid-19th century, when the tourism trade blossomed in Rome. Today, two other types of jewelry—Florentine "pietra dura" and Venetian mosaic—also fall under the umbrella of micro mosaics from the Victorian era."
Length Width and depth inc frame: 4.5cm x 3.75cm x about 1.5cm
Circa: mid 1800's
Weight: 14.5 grams
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