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How Micro Mosaics are Made | Amazing Vintage Micro Mosaic Jewelry


Mosaic art work is familiar to us.  But micro mosaics?  That is on a whole other level of skill. This type of detailed work consists of small mosaic glass pieces called tessarae.  The Victoria and Albert Museum of Design in London shared this marvelous video on how skilled artists from the Art Mosaic factory painstakingly make and turn millimetre-thin glass canes into art.

The use of really tiny tessarae can be found as long ago as the Byzantine empire.  Micro mosaics reached their peak popularity during the Victorian period when hordes of wealthy British families visited Continental Europe for their Grand Tours.  They bought many micro mosaics including jewelry especially from Italy as souvenirs.

Today these antique (over 100 years old) and vintage (typically after 1930's) items are collectibles. Shown above is Meanglean's Vintage Italian Micro Mosaics ring.  I have also shared some of my favorites from vintage suppliers below.




Wildings Vintage : Micro Mosaic Brooch - 1900's Edwardian 


Gradyladies : Vintage Micro Mosaics Necklace 


MinxyvintageEngland : Antique Venetian Micro Mosaics Floral Heart Necklace 


JewelryfromCatsMeow : Antique Victorian Micro Mosaics Grand Tour Italy Souvenir bracelet


ItalianMicroMosaics : Antique Victorian Grand Tour Goldstone and Micro Mosaics earrings



ItalianMicroMosaics : Antique Micro Mosaics brooch and earrings Italy Grand Tour souvenir


ItalianMicroMosaics : Antique Micro Mosaics Pansy Earrings Italy Grand Tour souvenir. 


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4 comments:

  1. Wow! I didn't know such beauty existed, thanks for sharing!

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  2. I was lucky enough to buy a small Byzantine style micro mosaic pendant and earrings in Rome. They arent as ornate as the examples that you have picked out, but after seeing this post, I am really happy that I bought what I could.

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    1. Yes, you are indeed lucky! I am a little jealous!

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  3. What an incredible amount of work but with stunning results!

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