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Victorian and Edwardian Jewelry488 of 708Antique Victorian Citrine Dangle Filigree Silver Lavaliere NecklaceBlue Morpho Butterfly Wing Victorian Bar Pin by Thomas Millard
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Posted 4 years ago


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Besides my great admiration for the patience and skill in Micro mosaic which I passionately collect is handwork Pietra Dura called the same patience and skill required to make it.

Pietra dura (or literally translated: hard stone is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create images. It is considered a decorative art. The stonework, after the work is assembled loosely, is glued stone-by-stone to a substrate after having previously been "sliced and cut in different shape sections; and then assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section was practically invisible. Stability was achieved by grooving the undersides of the stones so that they interlocked, rather like a puzzle, with everything held tautly in place by an encircling frame. Many different colored stones, particularly marbles, were used, along with semiprecious, and even precious stones. It first appeared in Rome in the 16th century, reaching its full maturity in Florence. Pietra dura items are generally crafted on green, white or black marble base stones. Typically the resulting panel is completely flat, but some examples where the image is in low relief were made, taking the work more into the area of hardstone carving. There are a lot of subjects inlaid with Pietra Dura as for example: tables, cabinets and last but not least beautiful jewelry.
Such as this very nice Pietra Dura plaque with rose orchids.
The last photo shows some of my other Pietra Dura brooches inlaid in black marble, only one brooch is inlaid with (not so often seen) Malachite. I hope you enjoy it!


  1. nldionne nldionne, 4 years ago
    Beautiful Agram
  2. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 4 years ago
    Beautiful - the lilies are so realistic!
  3. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Nldionne thanks for your compliment and loving
  4. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Antiquarius123, you are right, thanks for your attention and loving
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Vetraio50 and bratjdd thanks you both for loving
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    Toolate2 and mustangtony thanks for your loving
  7. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    Such lovely items! Thank you for educating me about this process. Your examples are beautiful!
  8. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Valentino97 thanks for your nice words and it's nice you like it. Also thanks for loving

  9. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Inky nice you like these brooches, thanks for loving.
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    BELLIN68 thanks again for your interest and loving
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    PhilDavidAlexanderMorris thanks again for your loving
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    Ho2cultcha thanks for your interest and loving
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    Freiheit thanks a lot for all your interest and loving
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    bratjdd and vintagejewel thanks your both for loving
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    Aeon thanks for liking
  16. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Sean68 thanks for your loving and interest

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