These late Victorian micromosaic earrings depict historic Italian sites within a glossy black onyx background and 15K gold frames. Micromosaics were popular souvenirs purchased by visitors on the Grand Tour during the 19th century. They often depicted architecture in Italy by carefully arranging tiny pieces of colored glass called tesserae. Finer images utilized smaller tesserae but of course, the work became more painstakingly difficult to execute. Imagine for a moment how this was accomplished without modern tools!
The scenes in these earrings have the tiniest tessarae. The earrings are a statement-making size at 2.75 inches long, which includes the tops of the earring hooks. The hooks are stamped “15CT” for 15K gold purity marks. Micromosaics are not commonly found in earring form and I love how these have different scenes on each. Definitely ZOOM in to see the workmanship on these!
Metal: 15K Yellow Gold
Weight: 20.8 grams
Measurements: 2.75 inches long (including ear hooks) by 0.8 inches wide (at its widest point)
Condition: In very good antique condition with some surface wear consistent with age. There are some minor nibbles along the edges of the onyx.
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