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.
This is an early to mid 20th century piece set in 14K gold. It is a cross based on an early form of the Christogram where the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ, XPIΣΤΟΣ, create Chi-Rho or "P X." The color and design of this piece also contains tesserae made from millefiori glass, which is evidenced down the center of the cross.
Dimensions: 5.4 cm Length x 3 cm Width (2.1 in. x 1.1 in.)
Materials: Gold and Colored Glass
Weight: 6.2 grams
Metal: 14 ct gold