Victorian Pietra Dura Wreath Brooch Pin

An art form handed down from the Ancient Romans, Pietra Dura (literally 'hard rocks') is the art of carving a hard stone background and inlaying small cuts of semi-precious stone to form a perfectly smooth design. Like little paintings, these plaques were hand made by craftsman who were masters of the art. Pietra Dura, like micro-mosaics and cameos, were often brought back from Italy to England or other European countries as souvenirs of the 'Grand Tour'.

I fell hard for this large and luscious wreath shaped Pietra Dura brooch. It features a motif of lilies and is wonderfully soft and smooth to the touch. This brooch was hand crafted by a skilled artist around 1880, it is a piece that makes a bold statement and promises not to be missed. This brooch measures 65.4 mm across and is mounted with a sterling pin stem and C catch to the reverse. This wonderful piece weighs 41.8 grams, it is in remarkably good condition, but it does have one tiny chip on the back edge, at about 10 o’clock, you can see this in the photos. This brooch is unmarked, but we’ve tested the pin as silver.

I was looking hard for a fantastic Scottish brooch this last trip and didn’t find one, but this glorious piece more than made up for it!

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Item ID: BHA23411VA



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