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Micro Mosaic jewelry86 of 103Victorian Knotted Banded Agate bead necklace with Micro Mosaic clasp.Gold Micro Mosaic Brooch from The Vatican with Etruscan Beading c. 1820
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Posted 6 years ago


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This is again a wonder of handcraft. I'm fond of Micro Mosaic as you can see on my latest photo. This brooch is 3.4 x 3.4 cm square in the middle a dove on a branche. Around flowers, an anchor and boom, and grapes. Can anyone tell me the symbolism of these ?
Furthermore, on the back site I think it's a hallmark in the middle of which an enlargement is shown in photo number 3. This hallmark shows a women's head looking tot the left wearing a crown. Under the head , I think to see a number 3. Does anyone know what this hallmark could mean? I look forward to your reply !

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  1. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    Dear Kevin,
    Thanks for your clear and quick answer. What would collectorsweekly and its readers do without your knowledge? Thanks hope to "see"you soon!
  2. blevinstreasures, 6 years ago
    wonderful piece.. really nice.
  3. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    Thanks Blevinstreasures !
  4. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
    Hi I can't see the mark clearly but both Poland and Czechoslovakia use Hallmarks with a womans head and the number 3 below .
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    Dear Ozmarty,
    You helpt a lot with your suggestions. I looked for it on Poland and Czechoslovakia but that was not the mark. But after all I found the silver hallmark: from the Republic of Italy with this text:
    1872 – 1933 Optional National Marks
    The crowned heads were optional Marks and silversmiths were not required to have their work assayed and stamped, consequently these Marks are not often found on Italian silver of the period.
    After this it is goldfilled. But I know now which hallmark it has. Thanks !
  6. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    To show I replaced another photo (3) of the hallmark.
  7. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
    Great ! I looked it up in my Tardy international Silver marks and on page 292 it says the same . It is 800 silver that is 800 parts per 1000 where as Sterling is 925 / 1000
  8. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
    Thanks for clearer photo of the mark
  9. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    No, I have to thank you!
  10. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
    My pleasure . this is what this site is all about ...shareing lovely things and our knowledge.
  11. inky inky, 5 years ago
    You have a beautiful collection!....:-)
  12. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    A great compliment inky, thank you
  13. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Thanks miKKochristmas and AR8Jason !
  14. flowerrose, 5 years ago
    My favourite too! I would definietly wear that first brooch!
  15. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Flowerrose, as you could read my favourite too, but I'm still collecting so this might change.
  16. flowerrose, 5 years ago
    :-) my favourites change daily with my perfume!
  17. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Flowerrose than you have to collect a lot of items. My favorite parfum is Paris of Yves Saint Lorent
  18. flowerrose, 5 years ago
    How lovely! Paris is wonderful - both in scent and actuality!
  19. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    The scent of Paris is as mysterous as the color patron in Micro Mosaic.
  20. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Thanks Budek for loving this brooch
  21. Stillwater Stillwater, 4 years ago
    Goodness Agram, you have the best taste in jewelry of anyone I know of. That first piece is just ASTOUNDING.
  22. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Stillwater, what a terribly nice compliment, I'm flattered. This brooch is certainly very nice. What I myself actually one of my finest Micro mosaic jewelry like this pendant you can find via the link:
    and given the large number of lovings many other collectors agree with me.
  23. Stillwater Stillwater, 4 years ago
    Agram, I just posted a Victorian piece with a very nice micro-mosaic/pietra dura that you may find interesting:

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