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Micro Mosaic

From the Renaissance they began to be made in Italy, reaching the height of their popularity in the mid 19th century, when Rome was the centre of production; there was a Vatican Mosaic Studio from 1576, set up to create mosaic replicas of the altarpieces in St Peter's Basilica, which were being damaged by the humid conditions of the vast and crowded interior. They were popular purchases by visitors on the Grand Tour, easily portable, and often taken home to set into an object there. Typical scenes were landscapes of Roman views, rarely of any artistic originality, and the micro mosaics were small panels used to inset into furniture or onto snuffboxes and similar objects, or for jewelry. Religious subjects were copied from paintings. The very smallest mosaic pieces come from works from the period between the late 18th century and the end of the 19th. Fortunato Pio Castellani (1794–1865) expanded the range of subjects in his work in the "archeological style", copying Roman and Early Christian wall-mosaics. It was even imitated by porcelain painters, who painted faint lines across their work to suggest the edges of tesserae. An object decorated with many small adjacent pieces (tesserae) of inlaid varicolored glass or stone arranged to form a picture or design. For articles of jewelry, the mosaic was usually made in the form of medallions set in pendants, necklaces, rings earrings, parures etc. Such work had been done principally in Italy, some being executed with skill and artistry in the 19th century Wearing micro mosaic jewelry became popular during the Grand Tour period (17th - 19th Century). Members of rich European families would travel around Europe, taking in the sights and cultures of different countries. Italy was a very popular tourist spot as it had a long and prestigious history in arts and culture - a favorite subject in aristocratic circles. It was also a famous glass producer, and canny Italian craftsmen quickly turned their glass making skills to making stunning miniature micro mosaic pictures for their rich visitors. Mosaic work jewelry of this period usually depicted famous Italian landmarks such as the Coliseum and Vatican Square, though occasionally Roman mythology was a subject too. The richest tourists would commission their own mosaics, with animals and famous works of art being favorite subjects. The small size of the micro mosaic was appealing; micro mosaics could be worn on the Grand Tourists continuing journey, or sent back home to loved ones as a kind of fore-runner to our modern postcards. A distinctive feature of micro mosaics is that the tesserae are usually oblong rather than square. The best work can achieve 3,000 to 5,000 tesserae per square inch. The best collections are in the Hermitage Museum and the Gilbert Collection in London. Asia has produced a number of contemporary examples using modern precision machinery to produce the diminutive elements. Micromosaic jewelry Wearing micro mosaic jewelry became popular during the Grand Tour period (17th - 19th Century). Members of rich European families would travel around Europe, taking in the sights and cultures of different countries. Italy was a very popular tourist spot as it had a long and prestigious history in arts and culture - a favorite subject in aristocratic circles. It was also a famous glass producer, and canny Italian craftsmen quickly turned their glass making skills to making stunning miniature micro mosaic pictures for their rich visitors. Mosaic work jewelry of this period usually depicted famous Italian landmarks such as the Colloseum and Vatican Square, though occasionally Roman mythology was a subject too. The richest tourists would commission their own mosaics, with animals and famous works of art being favorite subjects. The small size of the micro mosaic was appealing; micro mosaics could be worn on the Grand Tourists continuing journey, or sent back home to loved ones as a kind of fore-runner to our modern postcards.

Vermeil Micro Mosaic little brooch - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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French Micro Mosaic silver flower watch chain. - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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French18 K Micro Mosaic Estruscan style stick pin - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Latin Cross with Micro Mosaic and buildings.  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic Dove plaque - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Beautiful 18K Gold Micro Mosaic brooch/pendant first half 19s. - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic Cross Flower pendant - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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ANTIQUE VICTORIAN FORGET ME NOT FLOWER TESSERAE MICRO MOSAIC BROOCH AND DANGLE EARRINGS - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic oval pendant with dove in blue glass - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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A Micro Mosaic Dog on Cushion brooch  - Victorian Eraby Agram.m
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Little Micro Mosaic gilt silver brooch - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Very Beautiful, very old Vermeil/Silver Micro Mosaic Crane Pendant - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Silver (Micro) Mosaic brooch end 19s begin 20s century - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Very pretty ..... Old brooch / pin with colorful glass tiles - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Nice littleVictorian flower Micro Mosaic brooch set in silver - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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(Micro) Mosaic cross  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic brooch mounted in 14ct  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Classic Micro Mosaic Bird and Bunch of Flower brooch - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic Dove brooch set in 14 ct gold - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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My second Micro Mosaic pendant miracle! - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic pendant  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Antique VENEZIA MICRO MOSAIC Venice Italian Frame Glass Grand Tour Jewelry Box - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Four Micro Mosaic plaques - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Mosaic Silver Rose Clip Earrings - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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MY PASSION NUMBER ONE!  Micro Mosaic vermeil brooch - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Silver Micro Mosaic cresent flower Moon hatpin/stick pin - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Awesome 18 K Micro Mosaic Octagonal Scarab Beetle Pendant - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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This micro mosaic pendant makes my "Grand Tour" complete - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic crescent moon dove brooch - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro mosaic mounted in 14K flower pendant  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic earrings - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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GOLD MICRO MOSAIC BRACELET/PIN SET ROMAN RUINS 14K  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Miracle of precision and accuracy; Micro Mosaic stick pin - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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A 2-rows Eye Agate bead necklace with a Micro Mosaic locket . One of my favorites! - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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One of my favorite Micro Mosaic brooches - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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CHI RHO MICRO MOSAIC BROOCH - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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This micro mosaic brooch is a miracle of craftsmanship. - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Two Micro Mosaic bird plaques. - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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FANTASTIC LARGE MICRO MOSAIC BROOCH. - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic beetle pendant on antique watch chain - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic Brooch depicting a bird on a branch set in silver. - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic ring and brooch set in 18K yellow gold - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic brooch mounted in 18 K;  "My private dancer"  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Antique Micro Mosaic Eutruscan style locket pendant - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Round Micro Mosaic Flower brooch and earrings - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Rare very old Antique Roman Mid 1800's Micro Mosaic brooch/pendant depicting Goddess Maiden Mythology  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Rare Micro Mosaic pendant - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Two about 1830's Micro Mosaic gold mounted plaques. - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic Onyx flower earrings - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Large oval Micro Mosaic flower pendant mounted in yellow gold - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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ANTIQUE 8 carat gold MICRO MOSAIC DOVE EARRINGS and brooch/PENDANT SET of 1860/1870, original box - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic Beetle brooch - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic 14k yellow gold mounted pendant  - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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My Micro Mosaic jewelry together - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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Micro Mosaic brooch depicts a lady taken from "I Costumi d'Italia" by Bartolomeo Pinelli - Fine Jewelryby Agram.m
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