Antique Victorian 14K Pietra Dura Floral Set in Diamond Shaped Pendant
Details: An exquisite Pietra Dura pendant with a fabulous round floral motif center plaque. The lovely carved stone Commesso, or Florentine mosaic, features a pale pink rose and other tiny flowers with perfectly rendered leaves carefully inlaid into a moody black stone background. The plaque is surrounded by a gorgeously detailed frame fabricated of both yellow and rose gold. This is a true treasure and a highly collectable example of Italian craftsmanship during the "Grand Tour" period of Victorian jewelry.
Pietra Dura literally translates to "hard stone" in Italian, but also refers to the artistic practice of inlaying stone, grooved in the back, into a hard surface to create scenic treasures. While mosaics are usually immediately identifiable as tiny separate pieces within a design, Pietra Dura often requires a closer look. The stone work is done in larger pieces with precise skill and carefully fitted together. Pietra Dura pieces often appear at first glance to be paintings. The high quality craftsmanship and skill that is required to create these pieces renders it more valuable than other mosaic work.
Measurement: The pendant is 2 1/2" tall, including bale, by about 1 1/2" wide.
Notes: Chain is sold separately.
Originating from the 18th century to the late 20th century, Metier’s estate jewelry collection is culled from sources around the world with a discerning eye. We feature highly coveted and collectable pieces of singular beauty that are rich with history and lost-art forms of craftsmanship that are precious beyond the materials that embody them.
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