Antique Art Deco Era Millefiori Mosaic Gold Filled Pendant Necklace
Antique Art Deco Era (c.1919-c.1939) millefiori mosaic tile pendant necklace. The mosaic design is set in a 1/20 12k gold filled setting with a spring ring clasp closure. The necklace is signed ‘1/20 12k’ near clasp of the closure.
Measurements: 17” inches long
Weight: 13 grams
The necklace is in very good antique condition with slight signs of wear located on the back setting of pendant
The necklace is signed ‘1/20’ and ‘12k’
History: Micro Millefiori & Venetian Mosaic jewelry partly originated in Europe, with Italy being the best known producer. Millefiori & Venetian mosaic tiles have been used for over 2,000 years and is crafted by placing tiny glass tiles into cement. The tiles are then designed into picturesque settings for jewelry. Millefiori & Venetian micro mosaic jewelry was very popular during the 17th to 19th century. Larger micro mosaic tiles in jewelry dates back to the early 20th century, while many 17th, 18th, & 19th century mosaic pieces often includes tiny tiles that are called ‘Roman’ millefiori glass jewelry. Milliefiori mean '1000 flowers' in Italian.
The Art Deco Era (c.1919-c.1939) is famous for its inspirational architecture. The Era received its name from the Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which was a Paris jewelry arts event in 1925. Art Deco inspirations includes the fascination with the modern industry, Cubism, Fauvism, and the International artwork. Many designs were inspired by the bold geometric forms of Cubism and the archaeological discoveries in Egypt. Popular jewelry designs included detailed string beaded jewelry with stones, geometric earring designs, and long strands of necklaces created with crystals, glass, and natural stones. The Art Deco Era emphasized design over value, which included emphasizing jewelry that showcased sculpted gemstones and artistic carvings.