A rare micro-mosaic pendant that was made circa 1800-1830. The surround is 15ct gold. The origins of micro mosaics date back to Roman times. The technique is quite complicated. Micro mosaics were made of heated glass that was pulled into small strands and cut into tiny pieces called tesserae. Metal oxides were then added to the glass to achieve colour. The tesserae were then placed and glued to form an image. This was in turn enclosed by a surround of stone or glass and then placed in a frame. This pendant is from the early 19th century when micro mosaics were sold to visitors on “The Grand Tour” in Italy. It is an unusual form in that it is a weeping heart with an inner curved side, so it could have been a memorial piece. In the centre is a charming basket full of flowers with a goldstone surround.
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Georgian 15ct Gold Weeping Heart Micro Mosaic Pendant
|Date & Origin||Georgian (1714-1830), English|
|Measurements||Height 3 cm|
Width 2.5 cm
|Condition||Very Good, slight chip to red edge|
|Hallmarks||Unmarked, tested to 15ct gold|
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