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Antique Micromosaic Scarab Brooch

Item 11636

Dating back to Roman antiquity micro-mosaics are works of art in which the image is created from thousands of tiny tiles or tesserae. Made from glass threads that have been heated and melted until delicate as a strand of hair, the threads are then cut into tiny segments and put together much like a jigsaw puzzle.

With a nod to the ancient Egyptians we present a micro mosaic with a wondrous image of a scarab. Perhaps the most sacred and important of all the images of Old Egypt, the primary association of the beetle was solar and often symbolized the morning or sunrise. The association came from the scarab beetle rolling his dung which represented the sun's movement across the blazing sky.

An image of the scared scarab beetle is set within a gorgeous 15k yellow gold archaeological revival brooch mount. Against a background of tiny white tesserae bordered with two bands differing in both color (red and blue) and thickness, this Egyptian symbol of creation burns brightly in vivid colors of blue, grey, brown, green and an opalescent bronze. Perfect against the yellow gold setting with its magnificent applied gold bead work and twisted wire. The reverse reveals the original brooch fittings and a locket back with removable glass and gold plated rim.

Measurements: Brooch is 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) in diameter and micro mosaic is 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) in diameter. It is 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) in depth not including pin stem and ½ of an inch (1.3 cm) with such. This antique brooch has a weight of 8.5 grams (5.5 dwt).

Condition: Very good; a later safety mount added with a base; a few traces of silver solder.

Date & Origin: Circa 1870 - 1880 and is Italian in origin for the mosaic.

Overall Scale: Small

Note: Please refer to our Jewelry History section on Helpful Terms and Glossary for addition information on the micro mosaic art form.