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Large Pietra Dura 18ct Gold Victorian Brooch

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This is a really good example of a Victorian pietra dura brooch. “Pietra dura” which is italian for “Hard stone” refers to a Florentine mosaic technique that is descendant from the Roman opus sectile mosaic style. In this technique, carefully sawn pieces of gemstones are fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to form an image. It is an incredibly painstaking process and this brooch is exceptionally fine workmanship and is in the form of a bunch of roses and forget me nots. The 18ct gold mount has applied gold in the Etruscan Revival style that was popular at that time. It was made circa 1860-1880 in Italy. The 18ct gold mount may be English. It is in excellent condition.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Unmarked, tested to 18ct gold


Width 6.5cm in width
Height 5cm

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