Dating micro mosaic brooches
This trend was a result of wealthy Aristocrats touring Europe and looking for artistic souvenirs.
Micro Mosaics, often featuring Italian landmarks, made the perfect purchase as they were small and easy to wear as they continued on their travels. The brooch and one of the buttons feature Roman columns and the other button depicts the Coliseum. Dimensions: Brooch measures approx: 2.5cm tall x 2.1cm wide; Buttons are 1.6cm tall x 1.4cm wide.
We pride ourselves in bringing you some of the best antique Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco jewelry and retro chic.
This remarkable set is a Splendid example of the Micro Mosaics that were so popular in 19th century Italy.
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I have thousands of travel shield charms that have not even been photographed yet.
I have the matching earring shown and offered in another listing should you care to make a set.
In 1879, the incandescent bulb placed jewelry in a whole different light, literally. The discovery of a diamond mine in South Africa in 1867 had created a great demand for the gems.
The Grand Period also opened doors socially for women.
In 1861, Prince Albert of the United Kingdom passed away, and the American Civil War started.
Although death and war perpetuated the Victorian desire for remembrance jewelry, new developments and ideas influenced Grand Period jewelry, too.
Feel free to send a wish list of charms that you'd like and I'll search my collection to see if they are available.