Italian Micromosaic Brooch, ca. 1870
It's a piece that my ex-husband gave me, probably about 40 years ago, and I don't know much about it.
This what we call micromosaic.
They're little pieces of glass that are all inset into the body of the brooch. This piece would date about 1870. It's 18-karat gold. And the piece would have been made in Rome, out of the Vatican workshops. This is tourist jewelry for the era. There's a number of motifs going on here. You've got the pax, which is a religious symbolism from Christianity. The two bees here, this is the symbol of the resurrection. We've got wonderful foliate motif. It really is just a lovely, lovely piece. This type of jewelry a number of years ago was extremely collectible. And the prices have come down a little bit, but even in today's market, if this came up to auction, I would expect this piece to bring somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000.
Oh, that's wonderful.
Absolutely wonderful. Well, thank you very much.
I appreciate it.
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