When one thinks of Jewelry from Italy, images of mosaics, shell cameo and venetian glass come to mind. Early in the 19th century Italian Shell Cameos were produced as were items consisting of mosaics. The early mosaic jewelry used minute pieces of hard stone or glass cemented together to create an artistic picture. These are known as micromosaics and there were two types: Roman and Florentine. The Roman mosaics depicted classical themes such as ancient ruins and they used hard stone pieces. On the other hand, the Florentine used glass and had floral designs. |
The Italian Shell Cameos were most popular during the Victorian era, though that is not the origin of the art which can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome. There is nothing like the OLD Cameos...as each piece was a miniature work of Art, each designer leaving his mark by skillfully carving these minature sculptures. The newer cameos are mass produced and exported and lacking the artistic individuality and quality workmanship.
Now, the other image that comes to mind when we think Italy, is art glass which has been exported for several centuries and were once used as trade beads in North America. Of course, the 20th century variations are lower quality...but still capture the eye for they are still very beautiful.
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Vintage Italian Mosaic Tiles Brooch and Earrings. There is a dark aqua-green colored background with orange, red and tan flowers. The brooch measures 1-1/8" in diameter and the clip earrings 3/4" in diameter. The set is unmarked. Goldtone setting. Very good condition.
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S481 Price: $33.00
Marked Italy and 925 and MR, this is a herringbone type chain necklace and bracelet set. Necklace measures 20" and the bracelet 8". 1/8" wide. Very good condition no kinks or damage.
Italian Triple Herringbone Braided Gold Bracelet with lobster catch. Marked Italy - not tested so i don't know if this is real gold or not, so I'm not selling it as such. Measures 7" x 2-1/16" wide. New condition.
1960's Mosaic Pin from Italy. The tag that states Made in Italy has been removed. Lovely white mosaic background with color mosaic floral center. Goldtone setting. Measures 1-3/4" x 1-5/8". Excellent condition.
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PU557 Price: $25.00
These are stamped made in Italy. Bezel set in brass setting, these are oval shaped cabs of venetian glass. White in color with gold flecks inside. Beautiful clip back earrings... late 1930's. Excellent condition.
EU089 Price: $24.00