Antique Victorian 1880s Florentine Pietra Dura hardstone floral brooch and earrings in original box

A stunning Victorian-Era Italian Pietra Dura brooch and drop earrings suite in their original presentation box. This set was probably purchased on holiday in Italy in the late 19th century. The brooch features a spray of white jasmine blossoms and a little butterfly or moth! The earrings feature little bouquets with red carnations and small white flowers.

This floral-themed suite dates to the late 1800s and was probably made in Florence, where artists were best known for producing this elaborate, exacting form of mosaic jewelry. The design of this brooch is seamless - you have to use a loupe or magnifier to see where the different pieces of the hardstone "puzzle" fit together!

The colorful inlay against the black background produces an incredible effect. Here we have shell or alabaster (jasmine petals on the brooch), agate (green leaves and stems), carnelian (carnations), sodalite and granite (the moth!) against black polished stone. The stone artist used different shades of the same stone to create shading/light effects across the flowers - amazing! The frames are gold. Tube hinge and safety catch on the brooch and hook/catch on the drop earrings. Excellent condition.

Measurements: 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" brooch, 5/6" x 3/8" earring panels
Era: 1890s-1910s
Markings: N/A, tests for low carat gold

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