Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vintage Thursday Thingie: Vintage Jewelry: A mosaic brooch

Today I'm sharing a small mosaic brooch that I purchased at an antique store in Minneapolis while a student at the U of M...yes, even then I loved "old things".I've played a little with the lighting so you can see better the wonderful work on this 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" piece.
On the back it says "Italy" and that is all I know about this piece...no idea how old it is and I don't think the antique dealer ever told me anything (I don't think I've forgotten although it was over 30 years ago.)

Now hop on over the Suzanne at Coloradolady to see all the vintage treasures being shared today!

28 comments:

Gayle said...

A very nice brooch and such detail.

LV said...

If I had any sense when I was growing up, I would have a lot of vintage jewelry. But back then, what did I care about these sort of things. I love this brooch and glad you kept it.

Anna said...

How beautiful, I just love it. Thanks for sharing!

Postcardy said...

I love your brooch. It looks like a miniature work of art.

Charlotte said...

Beautiful! So glad you have kept it all these years.

Stacey said...

What a lovely brooch! I've seen examples and I think most of them come from the 1940s.

Tara Beaulieu said...

Oh it's beautiful! There definitely looks to be some shell in there and is it possible that the circle shapes around the edge are millefiori beads? So lovely!

P. said...

Oh, wow, such itty-bitty pieces! It's really nice that you've kept it in such good shape too. Very pretty!

Sandi (Meme) said...

Wow! I thought it was 2 different ones, with the light changes. Thanks for sharing! Sandi

Pam said...

Very intricate. When I first saw the little linky picture I thought a serving tray, but this is so much better!

Coloradolady said...

What a beautiful brooch. When I first saw the picture, I thought this might be a vintage tray....it reminds me of one. It is simply beautiful. So glad you kept it!! Have a wonderful VTT!

Maureen said...

The makers of these micro mosaic are truly artists. I cannot even imagine attempting something like this. Very pretty.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

that is one nice brooch you bought! so much details on it.. very pretty! happy VTT

Vonlipi said...

I had one similar in the 70's. I wonder what happened to it.

It's lovely. Happy VTT!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Miri..what a gorgeous piece. I am always very intrigued by mosaics.

Blessings!
Gail

My Cottage Charm said...

Miri,
I love your old brooch, I adore old things too. :)
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my strawberry jam...it is so good! I actually used this recipe instead of the one that you have to cook the fruit in, because it's so much easier. (can't really burn anything unless you walk away from the pectin, but since you only boil it for a minute, doubt that will happen!) LOL
You should link up your pretty brooch to my treasures and trinkets so all my blogging buddies can see how lovely it is.
Blessings!
Missy

Nancy said...

Hi Miri, (I love your name!),
This brooch is incredible. There is so much detail and the amount of work is amazing. It must have taken someone a long time to make this little work of art.

Nancy

farmlady said...

What a beautiful little pin. Yes, it looks very old. The Italians were very good at this miniature mosaic jewelry. I have a piece of my great grandmothers that she brought from Italy with her. The detail is amazing. I would guess that you have a piece that's very valuable. Have a jeweler look at it. They can tell you about it and how valuable it is.

Cathy said...

What a beautiful brooch! All that tiny detail is amazing! Thanks for visiting my blog for VTT - and thanks for voting! Hope you have some good memories of being a brownie!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Miri,
Gosh, that's gorgeous! What a wonderful keepsake.

Happy VTT,
Sally

Ruby said...

Very pretty Brooch! You were smart even then to buy this one. Did I say that right? Thanks for sharing. :)

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

What a wonderful find! I love it, it looks like a work of art.

sewtakeahike said...

it's beautiful! I couldn't imagine the time it took to place all those little pieces so precisely. Nice!

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh this is so pretty, isn't funny how even "way back when" we knew what we liked? This is just so sweet.
Thank you so much for your nice comment on my anniversary post. You asked me a while back if I was going to show any of my quilting that I've done and I just havn't gotten around to it yet but here is one little applique wall hanging I did a few years ago that I hung for the party. Not as advanced as your Batik silk ribbon quilt but fun to do as a beginner.
Terry

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Micki said...

What a gorgeous brooch!
Micki

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

i just love mosaic and the detail in your brooch is gorgoeus!

btw i've also got some vintage things i bought as a student :) x

Sammy said...

I just love this brooch. Actually I collect vintage brooches, but this one is beautiful!!!


-Samya :-)

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