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Regency 18ct Gold Micro Mosaic Earrings of Birds & Butterflies

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A fine pair of 18ct gold drop earrings. They were made circa 1820. Wearing micromosaic jewellery became popular during the Grand Tour period in the early 19th century. Members of rich European families would travel around Europe, taking in the sights and cultures of different countries. Italy was a very popular tourist spot as it had a long and prestigious history in arts and culture. It was also a famous glass producer, and canny Italian craftsmen quickly turned their glass making skills to making extraordinary miniature micromosaic pictures for their rich visitors. Mosaic work jewellery of this period usually depicted famous Italian landmarks such as the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. The richest tourists would commission their own mosaics, with animals and famous works of art being favourite subjects. Rather than being sold in Italy many micromosaics were exported to jewellers in London and Paris to be set into larger pieces. These earrings are fine examples of the art and feature birds and butterflies.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Georgian (1714-1830)
English mounts. Italian micro mosaic

Condition

Very Good, one slight chip to red surround on each earring & some small cracks comesurate with age

Provenance

English mounts. Italian micro mosaic

Materials

Gold

Hallmarks

Unmarked, tested to 18ct gold

Measurements

Height 6 cm
From top of wire to base 6.8 cm
Width at widest point 2 cm

Item Number

539K

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