SOLD: Victorian pietra dura pendant/brooch with turquoise and agate, circa 1880


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Mosaic jewellery exemplifies the amazing precision involved in producing some antique jewels. 

There are two main types, both Italian. This is a Florentine mosaic, made of various hardstones set in a cement-like medium then mounted. 

(The other type, from Rome is made of glass, looks quite different, and uses different skills.) 

These were popular as mementos of the grand tour; their quality decreased as tourism spread to the middle class. You can still buy new mosaics made for modern tourists in Florence today. 

If you want a quality example you can buy better by looking to the skills of the past. This lovely example from about 1880 includes turquoises alongside other opaque stones such as agates. 

It’s set in a handmade 15-carat gold mount, in the Etruscan Revival style which was so popular at the time. It is both pendant and brooch, with the original fittings.  

A tip for examining mosaics: if you tilt the item towards the light it becomes apparent if there are any missing pieces.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold

• Set with various hardstones including turquoise and agate

• Approximately 5.8cm long, 4cm wide

• Weight is 21.8 grams

• In excellent antique condition

• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique box is not included)

• Note: the antique gold chain is not for sale

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description. 

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

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