Micro-mosaic earrings


A pair of mid-nineteenth century micro-mosaic earrings in 18ct mounts with double rope-twist borders and long shepherd's crook ear wires. There are signs other fittings have been removed at some point. Micro-mosaic is a technique that developed towards the end of the 18th century in Rome from the stone mosaics that had been in use since Roman times, but instead of using stone tesserae, these are made of glass, with an infinite variety of colours possible. 5/8 inch: 14mm excluding ear-wires For another example of micro-mosaic see brooch N592A