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Cow: MOSAICS/MICROMOSAICS/PIETRA DURA
When we think of Mosaic jewelry we think of basically three types: Mosaic, Micromosaic and Pietra Dura. They are all similar yet different. Let's explore the similarities and the differences.

1. Mosaics=A piece of jewelry with countless small pieces of multicolored glass tiles or tesserae which are inlaid flush to create a beautiful design.

2. Micromosaic=Similar to mosaic but the difference is the glass tiles or tessarae are very, very small,using thousands of the tiny tiles which are painstakingly hand assembled and placed into a pattern,with a final step of waxing and polishing, and the finished product is much smoother or finer in appearance than the regular mosaic, and it almost appears as a fluid picture with no spaces visible.

3. Pietra Dura=(Italian) Literally, hard stone. The term (although a singular form) refers to the various hardstones (e.g. chalcedony, agate, jasper, lapis lazuli) used in flat slices in the type of mosaic produced in the Florence during the Renaissance and continuing until today, and is sometimes applied to an example of the work. Generally the background is a darker color to offset the object being depicted.

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Mosaic Bracelet signed Italy.

Compliments of Judi Bollan

VintageTreasures4U on Etsy


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Here is a lovely little architectural mosaic pin, which is harder to find
than the florals.

Compliments of Dotty Stringfirld

Illusion Jewels


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Mosaic Bracelet

Courtesy of Keith Coulter
JK Tex on eBay or
JK Tex Mercantile


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Mosaic Ring

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Mosaic Banjo Pin

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Pretty mosaic Ring and Bracelet.

Compliments of Jan Cox

Aged and Opulent Jewelry


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Mosaic Pin with Ivory setting

Courtesy of Rene Colon


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Mosaic Pin

Courtesy of Rene'Colon


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Mosaic set in Goldstone-c.1800's

Courtesy of Adrienne Shivers
Garden Party Collection


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Black Glass Micro Mosaic-c.1800's

Courtesy of Adrienne Shivers


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Victorian pietra dura pin.
Unique pietra dura bar pin, a thin layer of blue lapis lazuli is laid over black marble and then inlaid with turquoise and coral to form the orange flower and leaves design.

Compliments of Adrienne Shivers


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"Souvenir" Victorian Mosaic Bracelet

Compliments of Carolyn & Ed Sunday
Sunday and Sunday


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Victorian Mosaic Bracelet

Courtesy of Carolyn & Ed Sunday


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This is a mid 1800's solid
gold (tests apx. 12K quality) and pearl mosaic "jardin" (French for
garden) brooch. It features a miniature mosaic floral garden under
glass crystal with beveled edge, of turquoise, coral and pearl. The
pearl bezel is strung on wire with tubular gold stations and shield
shaped top. Measures 1-1/2" x 1-1/4" x 3/8" thick. There is a thin
internal bezel under which the glass is seated made of gilt brass for
strength and rigidity.

Compliments of Carolyn & Ed Sunday


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Italian mosaic demi.
Demi consisting of a brooch/pendant and clipback earrings in wire filigree settings. Brooch is marked "FAP Made in Italy" on the back.

Courtesy of Carrie Pollack
Glad Rags & Curios


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Taxco Quetzal Brooch, Sterling Setting
Inlaid abalone mosaic

Courtesy of Carrie Pollack


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Turquoise Mosaic Chip Brooch

Courtesy of Carrie Pollack


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Green Moasic Pin

Courtesy Rosie Dyer


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Dark Aqua Italian Mosaic Pin

Compliments of Rosie Dyer


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Mosaic pin

Courtesy of Rosie Dyer


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Red Mosaic Necklace

Courtesy of Sam & Yvonne Mitchell


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Micromosaic of a spaniel and duck
C. 1820-1830's
A superb micromosaic of a water spaniel flushing a duck from the reeds.  Set in a 18K gold frame, the pin is 2 1/2" by 2" (the black glass and mosaic section is 2" x 1 3/4".  The tiles are curved in order to create the fluid lines in the dog's fur and the reeds.

Courtesy of Cathy Gordon
Cathy Gordon Collection


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Floral micromosaic and millefiori brooch in blue glass, 1850's?
Millefiori (literally, 'a thousand flowers') is the method in which different colored glasses were fused together to create a single cane with the same pattern throughout.  The canes or threads of glass were arranged vertically, side by side, in the desired pattern, heated until they fused, then pressed together to remove air from between the threads. The resulting cane was pulled to the required thinness and sliced to produce slivers of uniform design.


Courtesy of Cathy Gordon


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Victorian Filigree Mosaic Bracelet

Compliments of Dottie DiFeo
A Vintage Whim


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Mosaic Guitar Pin

Compliments of Nancy Brace
SPLENDORS OF The PAST


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Pietra Dura 14k gold Pocket Watch with pearls and taille d' epargne enamel.

Compliments of Jennifer Lynn
Jennifer Lynn's Timeless Jewelry


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A mosaic that is a slighty different motif (insect and dove) and it is a jabot.

Compliments of Jennifer Lynn.


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Florentine mosaic Brooch

Compliments of Elaine Kula

Antiquing On Line


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Pietra Dura brooch

Compliments of Heather Alexander

The Attic Shop


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Modernist Pietra Dura Cufflinks

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover

Milky Way Jewels


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Modernist Pietra Dura Cufflinks

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover


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Vintage Italian Mosaic Floral Brooch

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover


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Vintage Mosaic Tile Brooch

Compliments of Leila Huhman

Yesterday's Rock Stars


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Vintage Mosaic Tile Brooch

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Unique Vintage Floral Mosaic Tile Pendant Necklace

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Back of Unique Vintage Floral Mosaic Tile Pendant Necklace

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Vintage Floral Mosaic Tile Pendant Necklace

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Vintage Mosaic Floral Drop Pendant Necklace

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Glass Mosaic Necklace

Compliments of Belle Thomas


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Mosaic map

Compliments of the Ann Torseth Collection


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Italian mosaic scarab pin

Courtesy of Ann Torseth


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Pietra Dura pin

Compliments of Ann Torseth


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Venetian micro mosaic Grand Tour pin

Courtesy of Ann Torseth


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Roman ruin micro mosaic pin

Courtesy of Ann Torseth


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Italian micro mosaic pin

Courtesy of Ann Torseth


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