The intricately inlaid insect subject of this pendant has vibrant hardstone gems which is enhanced by the sterling silver and gold Greek key frame. Victorian jewelry designs reflected interest and romanticized notions of the natural world. Pietra dura (hardstone) refers to a Florentine mosaic technique. In this technique, carefully sawn pieces of gemstones are fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to form the image. Greek key designs symbolize eternal love sentiment.

Item # WE2010

Antique Italian Pietra Dura Insect Pendant

  • Metal- sterling silver and 14 karat gold
    Weight- 2.86 grams
    Gemstones- pietra dura agate and malachite mosaic
    Size- 1.19 x .77 inches
    Details- mosaic oval measures 15.3 x 11.5 mm, bail opening measures 4.5 x 3 mm
    Comments- chain not included
    Condition- good antique condition, the silver potions show oxidization and there are a few punctures on the gold balls