Micromosaics - once known as "Roman mosaics" - were introduced in the late 1700s and became one of the most popular and valuable of the Grand Tour souvenirs. They were painstakingly created using hundreds or thousands of terrasae (slivers of glass). In their earliest forms, these miniature works of art frequently featured famous architectural ruins or landscapes. After all, they evoked the ancient Roman floor mosaics that were being excavated, and Europe lovvvved anything associated with ancient Rome. Eventually micromosaic work was produced in Rome and then exported to England where it was mounted in gold frames to create jewelry just like these floral-themed earrings. They date from around 1850. 18k gold.
18k gold (tests), glass tesserae
3/4" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 7/16" diameter
1837 — 1901
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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.