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SOLD Antique Italian 18K Micromosaic Brooch

  • Sale
  • $1,495.00
  • Regular price $1,650.00


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 micromosaic 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.

Beautifully crafted of 18 karat gold, this long, slender brooch has incredible gold work, including chasing, milgrain and boule accents. A superb example of Etruscan Revival style, it looks as if it just arrived from its grand tour! The micromosaic design has a dark blue background, with perfectly articulated peony flowers and bright orange accent daisies. A truly remarkable piece, sure to garner interest and admiration every time you wear it!

Details (approximate)

Dimensions: 72mm x 18mm

Weight: 14.2 grams

Materials: Gold, glass mosaic tiles

Metal: 18K yellow gold

Marks: None

Condition: Excellent antique condition, comes with original box?