Antique Victorian Era Micro Mosaic ‘Millefiori’ Italy Venetian Book Chain Bracelet
Antique Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) micro mosaic venetian/Millefiori book chain bracelet made in Italy. Features micro mosaic Venetian glass tiles on silver tone metal setting. Signed ‘Italy’ on inside of bracelet setting.
Measurements: 7 1/2 inches wide
Weight: 15 grams
Condition: Bracelet is in very good antique condition with patina & signs of wear on metal backing of bracelet and clasp.
The bracelet is signed ‘Italy’ on the inside of the bracelet
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.
The Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) was named after Queen Victoria, whose reigned lasted from 1837-1901 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She is the second longest ruling monarch. There are three periods within the Victorian Jewelry Era: The Romantic Era (1837-60), The Grand Era (1861-1880), and the Aesthetic Era (1880-1901). Popular designs included the famous ‘mourning jewelry’ period within the Grand Era. The ‘Mourning’ Grand Era began after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed away. Queen Victoria went into a deep mourning stage while consistently wearing all black attire & jewelry. Mourning Jewelry was common in both the U.K and the U.S. Common jewelry characteristics within this period included black & gold enamel, monogrammed personal accessories, memorial sentimental jewelry such as strands of a deceased loved one’s hair or photograph. Common materials used were jet, onyx, gold, and glass. The last period within the Victorian Era was the Aesthetic Era, which emphasized Queen Victoria’s optimism and looking forward to brighter days.