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Large Pietra Dura Vermeil Pin Brooch

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Posted 5 years ago


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Although I for myself prefer micro mosaic jewelry (see my latest fine example of the Godess of Bacchus), Pietra Dura this brooch is made of is also an example of high skilled crafsmanship and a lot of patience of the maker. It's like micro mosaic, a work of precision. It is quite a large white flower brooch pin mounted in vermeil (gold plate over silver) in a black Onyx background. Measurement: 5,5 x 4.5 cm (2.2 x 1.8").
I could imagine that it belongs also to mourning jewelry because of the rather sober muted colors don't you think so?

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    I was thinking mourning too...
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    On the topic of 'pietra dura' I've just been looking around about deans paperweight and found this site on the English version: "Ashford Black Marble ".
  3. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Thanks AmberRose and vetrai050 for your helpful comment!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    The English loved black after the death of Queen Victoria's husband, the Prince Albert. Mourning went on for forty years! He died on December 14, 1861 and she in January 22, 1901. Such a black period.
    I've also noticed that the Italians are copying the Ashford Black Marble these days in Florence.
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    thanks again vetrai050, it's a pifty that copying is less of quality due to the costs, so loving old pieces is always more interesting. Nice ro hear so much knowledge!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    I was researching an intaglio paperweight by Menegatti:
    and this video is great too:
  7. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    mustangtony thanks a lot for loving so much of my jewels!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    I have to say thank you for all of the wonderful pieces you've shared this year!
    Season's Greetings to you and yours, Agram.m!
  9. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    vetrai050 thank you for your kind words all the same to you and i hope we meet a lot of times here at CW in 2013.
  10. bratjdd bratjdd, 5 years ago
    Beautiful!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
  11. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Bratjdd thanks for loving and your wishes. Season's greetings for you and all you love!

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