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Florentine Mosaic Brooch and Earrings

1940.129a-c (RS7749)


Matching Florentine mosaic brooch and earrings, brooch depicts a white chalcedony, green malachite and brown chalcedony flowers with green chalcedony leaves set in a black marble plaque, gold frame with applied gold flowers, hinged pin and hook on reverse, earrings each feature two white chalcedony flowers with green chalcedony leaves set in black marble plaques, gold frame with applied gold leaves and small gold ball drop, gold ear wire fasteners.


Location of origin
Possibly Florence, Italy
Object type
Descriptive terms
pins (jewelry)
1 5/16 in (C) x 15/16 in (A); 15/16 in (B); 1 5/8 in (C) x 3/8 in (A); 3/8 in (B); 5/16 in (C) (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Mary Eustis
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at
Reference Notes
For more information on mosaic jewelry see: Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," (1991): 232-237; Fales, Martha Gandy, "American Jewelry, 1600-1900," (1995): 239-245; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 126-128; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 74-75.
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