Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

Italian micromosaic vintage costume jewelry

Italian micromosaic vintage costume jewelry

Balalaika brooch. 4.5 cm. 1940s. Italian micromosaic vintage costume jewelry

Italian micromosaic vintage costume jewelry
The original design, made of tiny pieces of high quality Italian glass or smalt, is a micro mosaic. Widespread in the eighteenth century, micro mosaics reached their greatest peak in popularity during the work of the Vatican Mosaic Workshop.
Mosaic master Giacomo Raffaelli (1753-1836) once invented a silica composition that allowed him to stretch a thread and transform it into miniature bricks. It was from them that he began to make his products, and mainly for the Vatican. Traditionally, the master painted the glass in a special way, and then pulled it into thin straws and cut into millimeter cubes. Then he manually laid out these pieces in a certain mosaic sequence, creating a beautiful multicolor, and usually floral ornament. The basis was important – the special composition of the glue, which, when hardened (within two days), acquires the properties of a stone. Of course, handcrafted micromosaic pieces are almost impossible to repeat.
Noteworthy, there are three main types of Italian micromosaics. In particular, Roman, Venetian and Florentine.
The earliest type is Roman mosaic, which is the use of very small pieces of colored glass (tesserae). These decorations, presented in the form of oval or round brooches, sometimes in the form of guitars, crucifixes or mandolins, are truly works of art.
Venetian design is characterized by the use of various forms of glass tiles, with which the craftsmen made decorations.
In Florentine design, craftsmen used pietra dura (hard, natural stone), which they carved, and then assembled. Besides, they used black marble as the basis, therefore, the background of almost all decorations was black.

1950s gold plated oval shaped brooch. 4.2 cm

1950s gold plated oval shaped brooch. 4.2 cm

Signature

Signature

Italian micromosaic vintage costume jewelry

Antique gold tone oval shaped brooch. 3.7 cm. 1960s

Antique gold tone oval shaped brooch. 3.7 cm. 1960s

Black background flower still life oval shaped brooch. 7 cm. 1940s

Black background flower still life oval shaped brooch. 7 cm. 1940s

Brass alloy, Venetian glass, smalt, micromosaic brooch. 2.2 cm. 1940s

Brass alloy, Venetian glass, smalt, micromosaic brooch. 2.2 cm. 1940s

Contrast color art glass smalta gold tone brooch. 3 cm. 1960s

Contrast color art glass smalta gold tone brooch. 3 cm. 1960s

Cross pendant. 3.2 cm. 1950s

Cross pendant. 3.2 cm. 1950s

Filigree frame gold tone brooch. 4 cm. 1970s

Filigree frame gold tone brooch. 4 cm. 1970s

Floral design brooch. 3 cm. 1950s

Floral design brooch. 3 cm. 1950s

Flower bouquet oval shaped brooch. 4 cm. 1960s

Flower bouquet oval shaped brooch. 4 cm. 1960s

Forget-me-nots and roses oval shaped brooch. 4 cm. 1970s

Forget-me-nots and roses oval shaped brooch. 4 cm. 1970s

Guitar brooch. 4.5 cm. 1960s

Guitar brooch. 4.5 cm. 1960s

Handcrafted in traditional micromosaic technique oval shaped brooch. 4.5. 1960s

Handcrafted in traditional micromosaic technique oval shaped brooch. 4.5. 1960s

Heart brooch. 2.5 cm. 1950s

Heart brooch. 2.5 cm. 1950s

Rare antique brooch. 4.5 cm. 1920s

Rare antique brooch. 4.5 cm. 1920s

Rectangular shaped brooch and clips. 1970s

Rectangular shaped brooch and clips. 1970s

Red smalt, colored glass, metal round shaped brooch. 2.5 cm. 1980s

Red smalt, colored glass, metal round shaped brooch. 2.5 cm. 1980s

Rose flowers oval shaped brooch. 4 cm. 1970s

Rose flowers oval shaped brooch. 4 cm. 1970s

Round shaped flower design brooch. Gold tone, smalt, colored glass. 4 cm. 1940s

Round shaped flower design brooch. Gold tone, smalt, colored glass. 4 cm. 1940s

Set of brooch and clips. 1970s

Set of brooch and clips. 1970s

Turquoise background flower bouquet gold tone pendant. 4.5 cm. 1950s

Turquoise background flower bouquet gold tone pendant. 4.5 cm. 1950s

Ukulele guitar brooch. 4.3 cm. 1930s

Ukulele guitar brooch. 4.3 cm. 1930s

Vintage yellow accent micromosaic brooch. 4.8 cm. 1950s

Yellow accent micromosaic brooch. 4.8 cm. 1950s

White daisy pendant and clips. 1960s

White daisy pendant and clips. 1960s

Signature

Signature