Victorian 10kt Pietra Dura Insect Fly Stick Pin
Pietra Dura is an art-historical term for the technique of using small, exquisitely cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create what amounts to a painting in stone. The stonework is assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section is practically invisible.
This artistic stick pin from the Victorian era (ca1880) is a wonderful representation of the Pietra Dura art form! Most likely of Italian descent, the 10kt gold pin features an insect motif, depicting a single fly in highly realistic detail. The image is comprised of multiple inlaid stones in varying earthy, natural colors. Each stone is precisely cut and then carefully fitted and inlaid into the surface of a creamy white background stone. The white stone is gently engraved at the surface to depict the bug's legs, and a fitted onyx border surrounds the image. The design is so seamless that it almost appears to be a fine painting! Surrounding the Pietra Dura compilation is a bezel frame adorned with a fine chain link border. A long stick pin is attached securely to the back. A simply exquisite piece of art, this exemplary Pietra Dura pin is quite unusual and would make a special addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The stick pin measures 2 3/4" long, from top to tip. The oval Pietra Dura top measures 5/8" tall, 1/2" wide, and 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the stick pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or inlaid stones that form the Pietra Dura design. The stick pin is securely attached and in good condition. There is a natural patina on the surface of the gold, which is normal for Victorian era jewelry and adds to its natural beauty and character.