20 K gold and micromosaic earrings (mid 19th century) depicting the Roman Forum and the Temple of Vesta
This gold and ancient micromosaic earrings were designed by me and handmade by the craftsmen of my shop, SERRA, opened in Rome in 1910 and located in via Margutta 57 , in the historic center of the city, very close to the Spanish Steps! The micromosaics come from the Vatican Mosaic Studio that started up in 1727. Here the best mosaic artist that Rome boasted poured into. For most Grand Tour travelers, Rome was the last stop of the trip. Its squares and monuments have been immortalized by numerous artist in paintings and sculptures as well as small masterpieces such as micro mosaics in which, besides objects of classic inspiration, reproductions are created of sights, common life, animals, flowers. These works astounded and fascinated travelers due to the precision of design, color tones and harmony of the composition. Support for micro mosaics were initially in copper, the stone or glass were used. The latter types were better adapted to mounting in gold or silver in order to transform simple plaquettes into necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings rings and pendants. During the first half of the 19th century it was customary for the ladies in the Grand Tour to have a parure in gold or gilt silver made of plaquettes in micro mosaic, each of which illustrated a different location. All of our jewels are certified by certificate of authenticity attesting their origin !