We have similar Micro Mosaic and Art Deco items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Cait P.
Age Circa : Art Deco C. 925 sterling silver plated over base metal. Main Stone : Onyx pietra dura micro mosaic. Color: opaque red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white, and black hues.The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.
Stone Cuts : Polished pietra dura micro mosaic. Bale measurements: 4.75 mm diameter. Closure/Clasp Type: Jump ring bale. Handmade during the Art Deco era.Features a pietra dura micro mosaic made out of onyx stones which depict red, orange, and yellow flowers with green leaves against a blue background. A filigree border surrounds the micro mosaic. Completed with a jump ring bale. There is some oxidation on the sterling silver which gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely. There is a small scratch on the back of the pendant; however, this is not noticeable when the pendant is worn. There is one stone missing from the micro mosaic but this is not immediately noticeable and, if desired, your local jeweler can replace the stone. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand.
Pietra dura, Italian for hard stone, is a mosaic inlay technique which uses polished and cut stones to create an image, which is often highly detailed. The highest quality pietra dura pieces resemble paintings. This method first appeared in Rome during the 16th century and fine-tuned during the Renaissance period by the famous Medici family.
The stones are first assembled, loose, and then meticulously glued one-by-one to a surface to create an image. Artists often used colored stones, marble, semi-precious and precious stones, and even petrified wood. Onyx is a chalcedony quartz gemstone that is found all over the world. It usually has a fine texture and black color; however, some onyx also displays colored bands or ribbons against a black or brown background.
Red onyx is quite rare and desirable and is also known as sardonyx. Onyx that has a deep green shade is known as Brazilian green onyx and is very rare. It became a popular stone for sculpture and jewelry in the 1920s and 1930s.
The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. The word onyx comes from the Greek word which can be translated as nail of a finger or claw. In Greco-Roman myth, the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, lay sleeping when Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as onyx.Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads, until a final motif emerges. It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia.
The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling Silver Plated Onyx Pietra Dura Floral Pendant" is in sale since Saturday, May 23, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.