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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Another individual post of one of the stickpins group.

    Pietra dura is inlaid stones in a stone background, Italian Firenze originally made.

    On this one, you can see an amazing wings detail under the calcedony inlay!
    18ct gold mount, hallmarked with owl, French mark for imported gold items. 1860/1880 era

    3 interest focus in one piece:

    Pietra dura,
    Insect jewellery,

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    1. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      How Beautiful Kryatango. I love it. I love 'insect jewely' :) I'd never heard of Pietra dura, thank you for the lesson :) It looks similar to micro mosaic?
    2. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Vintagefran, an article about this kind of jewellery there:
      from it, to go short,
      "Basically there are three types of Mosaic jewelry: Mosaic, Micromosaic and Pietra Dura. These are similar yet slightly different techniques.

      Mosaics - this term refers to a piece of jewelry with a multitude of small pieces of multicolored glass tiles or tesserae which are inlaid to create a beautiful design.

      Micro mosaic - This is the earliest type of micro mosaic jewelry. This is similar to mosaic, but the difference is in the size of the glass tiles or tesserae. Micro Mosaics used very, very small, often thousands, of the tiny tiles, which were then painstakingly hand assembled and placed into a pattern. The final product was then waxed and polished, and the finished jewelry piece was much smoother and finer in appearance than the regular mosaic. It almost appeared to be a fluid picture with no spaces visible.

      Pietra Dura - This is an Italian term which literally means hard stone. The term refers to the various hard stones, such as chalcedony, agate, jasper, and lapis lazuli, which were used in flat slices in the type of mosaic produced in Florence during the Renaissance period. This type of jewelry production continues today, and is sometimes applied to an example of the work. Generally the background is a darker color to offset the object being depicted."
      Thank you for your interest, love and kind comment :-D
    3. Rick55 Rick55, 6 years ago
      This is such an interesting pin Kyra! I love it!!
    4. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      I want this one!!!
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Bzz bzz, Lisa and Vintagelamp :-)
    6. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 6 years ago
      It is so special, love it!
      Zzz, zzz :)
    7. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Zzzz bzzzz too Virginia!
    8. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      A beauty
    9. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thank you Agram for your visit and comment!
      Thank you Budek, Valentino, Michelle, Surfdub for your like and loves :-)
    10. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks all 19 lovers, I love you too :-)

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