Micromosaic jewelry. First appearing in the 18th century, bigger in the nineteenth century and still being made today. Assembled with tweezers and much of it made in workshops at the Vatican and elsewhere in Italy a hundred years ago.

Micromosaic brooch/hair locket. ca. 1880-90.
Micromosaic brooch/hair locket. ca. 1880-90. Gold. Italian. Maker not known. Image courtesy Joden World Resources. Image © 2019 National Jeweler. Fair use license. via https://www.nationaljeweler.com/fashion/antique-estate-jewelry/7038-the-history-behind-micromosaic-jewelry
Micromosaic panel. ca. 1820-40.
Micromosaic panel. ca. 1820-40. Made in Rome, Italy. Antonio Aguatti, artist. Signed Aguatti. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s. Image © 2001-2019 Lang Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.langantiques.com/university/micromosaic/
Micromosaic brooch with a dog motif. ca. 1860.
Micromosaic brooch with a dog motif and an unusual blue background. ca. 1860. Gold. Italian. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/brooches/brooches/micromosaic-antique-18-karat-gold-brooch-european-circa-1860/id-j_6607462/
Micromosaic bracelet. Mid 19th c.
Micromosaic bracelet. Mid 19th c. Italian. Hallmark of the Vatican Workshop of the Papal State. Photo courtesy Doyle & Doyle. Image ©GEM GOSSIP 2019. Fair use license. via https://gemgossip.com/doyle-doyle-debuts-rare-collection-of-antique-jewels/
Basilica di San Marco brooch with red spinels.
Basilica di San Marco brooch with red spinels. 19th c. Continental. Probably reset. Collection of Elizabeth Locke. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Image ©2019 Hearst Magazine Media, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.veranda.com/luxury-lifestyle/a27134033/elizabeth-locke-micromosaic-jewelry-collection/
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New post in my public (free) series on patreon now live. This one being Tudor Revival. Into being after 1850 but it just keeps circling back. Link below.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/29432306

Half jewelry, half other fun things. Many items, not just this one. Enough for another Sunday, too. May/probably will end up inching into the fall at the rate I keep finding/getting sent more all too good to leave there.

The revivals series being entirely free complete with its’ own archive going back to, I think, last February to be looked through if you’d like.

The other posts on patreon living behind a patron only firewall but you can see some of it for only $5. USD/month. They accept currency from all over the world, however as patreon is an international thing. Should you be interested in supporting my work and can, please check out what’s available at the various levels. Thanks! Sarah.

Tudor rose brooch/pendant. ca. 1875.
Tudor rose brooch/pendant. ca. 1875. Victorian English. Gold and enamel with an old mine cut diamond in the center. Opaque white enamel with guilloche red and green enamel. Image courtesy Aesthetic Engineering Fine Jewels and Antiques, Decatur, Georgia. Image © 1998-2019 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/286086-3223/ULTIMATE-Victorian-Enameled-OMC-Diamond-18kt?search=1

Renaissance Revival odds and ends. Arriving around 1860 it’s looped back a few times. Public (free) series post from my summer revival series for August 11, 2019, over on my patreon.com page. Link below.

 

https://www.patreon.com/posts/29080297

These are turning up way more items than I had thought they would which is wonderful but which also means that there’s more coming. . . .
If you are interested in supporting my work and can do so, please check out what is available at the various subscription levels. And enjoy! Seven images all great not just the one shown here.

Brooch/Pendant. ca. 1875. Italian.
Brooch/Pendant. ca. 1875. Italian. Renaissance Revival in style. Gold with a central ruby cameo, diamond an pearl. Augusto Castellani, goldsmith (1829-1914). Many thanks to my good friend Christian De Bor who sent me the link. In the public domain. via pinterest.com and https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1437557276387094&set=a.170724886403679&type=3&eid=ARA-u4e3j5f0FSWctYMRXPqQCbur0WmLmCYxOYambxk5BytbGplCvXAVozrKiaVnoNw0maF0cJXj-3oE

Undersea themed brooches so your lapel can look like an aquarium. American. 1940’s. Designed by Anthony Aquilino.

Fish brooch. ca. 1940.
Fish brooch. ca. 1940’s. Vintage. Sterling silver with gold vermeil, red glass cabochon eye, and crystal rhinestone. Anthony Aquilino, designer. Also known as Anthony Originals. Hallmarked “Anthony Sterling.” Image © 1998-2019 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/1275340-121618018/Vintage-Anthony-Aquilino-Sterling-Rhinestone-FISH
"Jelly Belly" cat and goldfish brooch featuring a cat with it's paw in a goldfish bowl. ca. 1948.
“Jelly Belly” cat and goldfish brooch featuring a cat with it’s paw in a goldfish bowl. ca. 1948. Sterling silver vermeil with the base of the pin and goldfish bowl detailed in rhinestones, the plinth having faux invisibly set pink sapphires with foil backs. Attributed to Anthony Aquilino for designed for Trifari. Image © 2019 EBTH, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebth.com/items/7443808-jelly-belly-cat-and-goldfish-brooch-attributed-to-anthony-aquilino-trifari
Octopus brooch. Vintage.
Octopus brooch. Vintage. Sterling silver with vermeil. Anthony Aquilino, designer. Image courtesy Ripley Auctions, Indianapolis. Image © 2019 ANTIQUE HELPER. Fair use license. via https://www.ripleyauctions.com/item/anthony-aquilino-sterling-vermeil-figural-octopus-pin-brooch/

Glammed up necessities straight out of the Jazz Age to clutter up your handbag. All manufactured by Strauss, Allard & Meyer of Paris, a leading creator of life’s little pick me ups in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

"Imperial Door" vanity case. ca. 1924.
“Imperial Door” vanity case. ca. 1924. Gold with red and black enamel, carved jade and platinum and diamond details. Eagle’s head touchmark for 18k gold and another for the maker. Made by Strauss, Allard & Meyer, probably for Lacloche Frères.Image © historicaldesign.com, New York. Fair use license. via http://historicaldesign.com/product/lacloche-paris-strauss-allard-meyer-paris-imperial-door-vanity-case-18k-gold-with-red-and-black-enamel-carved-jade-and-diamond-and-platinum-details-made-by-strauss-allard/

"Rose" design compact and lipstick baton. ca. 1928.
“Rose” design compact and lipstick baton. ca. 1928. Platinum, gold, pearl, diamond, carved and cabochon coral, carved amber and red and black enamel with mirrored plate glass. Strauss, Allard & Meyer, maker for Lacloche Frères. French assay marks and mark for Strauss, Allard & Meyer. Lent by a private collection. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/05/04/36377636.html
Box. 1928.
Box. 1928. White gold, jadeite, frosted rock crystal, diamond and lapis lazuli. Strauss, Allard & Meyer, manufacturer. Produced by Van Cleef & Arpels. Part of the exhibition “Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection.” Photo credit: Doug Rosa. Image © vogue.com. Fair use license. via https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/art-exhibitions-jazz-age-twenties#9

Pendants and brooches by Scottish jeweler James Cromar Watt. Arts and Crafts movement. Living from 1862 to 1940, he also engaged in secret government work during World War I.

Pendant. ca. 1905.
Pendant. ca. 1905. Gold, enamel and opal. Signed “JCW” on the back. Image © 2019 Jewelry Amazing. Fair use license. via http://www.jewelryamazing.com/vintage-jewelry/james-cromar-watt-1862-1940-arts-crafts-pendant-gold-enamel-opal-h-8-cm-3-15-in-w-3-cm-1-18-in-marks-signed-verso-jcw-monogr
Pendant. ca. 1900. Gold and foiled enamel set with a cabochon garnet and pearls.
Pendant. ca. 1900. Gold and foiled enamel set with a cabochon garnet and pearls. Image © Joseph Bonnar Jewellers. Fair use license. via http://www.josephbonnar.com/necklaceprorss736.html
Pendant. ca. 1900.
Pendant. ca. 1900. Gold, cabochon chrysoprase, foiled enameling and a blister pearl drop. Image © 2016 Nouveau Deco Arts. Fair use license. via http://www.nouveaudecoarts.com/Jewellery/Arts-Crafts-Pendant-From-James-Cromar-Watt.Html
Brooch. No date.
Brooch. No date. Cabochon central moonstoone and cabochon garnets with a wreath of vine leaves and grapes in foiled enamel. Image © Wartski, Ltd. London. Fair use license. via http://www.wartski.com/collection/a-jewelled-and-enamelled-brooch-by-james-cromar-watt-1862-1940/

Diadems fit for the fairy princess of your dreams. Art Nouveau. René Lalique. Various collections.

Diadem in the form of a free-standing cockerel’s head. Displayed at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900.
Diadem in the form of a free-standing cockerel’s head. Displayed at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900. Gold, blue and green enamel with a cut amethyst in its beak. Comb made from horn. ca. 1900. French. Image ©2019 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Fair use license. via https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/works_museu/cockerel-diadem/
"Lilies" diadem designed for a  production of  “La Princesse Lointaine.” c. 1895.
“Lilies” diadem designed for a production of “La Princesse Lointaine.” c. 1895. Pearl encrusted with semi-precious stones. Alphonse Mucha, designer. Created by Lalique. Commissioned by Sarah Bernhardt. Image © The Japan Times Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/08/04/arts/art-nouveaus-jewels-crown/#.XSzZ0-hKhTs