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.
Mourning jewelry became popular during the Victorian Era, and soared to high fashion after Queen Victoria's beloved Prince Albert died in 1861. The Forget Me Not flower motif was used as a symbol of affection, as well as remembrance.
Framed in 14 karat gold, this black jet disc has been inlaid with miniscule forget me nots in gradations of blue. With the naked eye, it looks almost as if you could pluck them from the surface of the brooch! A true little work of art to wear, like a boutonniere made of antique glass, it's a great find for anyone who wants to "Bring Back The Brooch"!
Dimensions: 1.25" x 1"
Weight: 6.33 grams
Materials: Gold, glass tiles
Metal: 14K gold
Condition: Overall good antique condition; nick in jet disc.