Micro-mosaics are a delicate form of mosaic glass design dating back to pre-Roman times. Tiny bits of variously colored glass (called tesserae) are arranged to depict scenes or symbols in visually pleasing designs. These were used in jewelry, picture frames and other small trinkets to sell to tourists as well as for personal keepsakes. Most of the micro-mosaic pieces were acquired while one was on his or her Grand Tour.
The Grand Tour was a rite of passage starting in the late 17th Century. It continued for about 300 years, tapering off into obscurity around the turn of the 20th Century. A typical "Grand Tourist" would be an educated and wealthy Englishman, German, Scandinavian, or American. The trip was a method of architectural, cultural and social study. The itinerary could vary, but usually a Tour started in France and ended in Italy. It was common to collect various art, jewelry, and souvenirs to commemorate the trip. These items were usually sent home for loved ones, kept as mementos, or formed the basis of new life-long collections for the men who took the trip.
These fabulous and dramatic earrings are called 'day and night'. The bottom portion slips off of the hook, leaving the smaller piece for daytime wear. Out at charity events all day with an early dinner date? Just slip the larger section on the hook and Viola! You are ready for the night! Perfect for those with a full social calendar, and they look smashing with our favorite item of clothing: the LBD. Bright tesserae tiles compose a lush floral motif, with a sleek black glass background. Whether you're making a big statement or taking the more subtle approach, these earrings have got you covered!
Dimensions: 3" long total; top sections are 1" long.
Weight: 9.2 grams each; top sections are 2.3 grams each
Materials: Gold, Tesserae tiles
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear; practically mint with minor flea bites