Reimagined Components: Vintage Italian micro mosaic pin rework with floral world coin and flying birds strung on 25" 3mm Gunmetal box chain.
1888's Take: "The calm surface of a body of water can offer the illusion that we understand what we are seeing, but if we were able to see into the murky depths we would increase our understanding that that which we see is just the surface of a greater reality." - Nathan
~Italian Mosaic Jewelry~
The history of mosaic goes back some 4,000 years or more, with the use of terracotta cones pushed point-first into a background to give decoration. By the eighth century BC, there were pebble pavements, using different colored stones to create patterns, although these tended to be unstructured decoration. It was the Greeks, in the four centuries BC, who raised the pebble technique to an art form, with precise geometric patterns and detailed scenes of people and animals.By 200 BC, specially manufactured pieces ("tesserae") were being used to give extra detail and range of color to the work. Using small tesserae, sometimes only a few
millimeters in size meant that mosaics could imitate paintings. Many of the mosaics preserved at, for example, Pompeii were the work of Greek artists.The expansion of the Roman Empire took mosaics further afield, although the level of skill and artistry was diluted. If you compare mosaics from Roman Britain with Italian ones you will notice that the British examples are simpler in design and less accomplished in technique.Typically Roman subjects were scenes celebrating their gods, domestic themes, and geometric designs.
It's safe to say that for as long as humans have walked the earth flowers have been given as tokens of love, friendship, affection, intention, accomplishment & sympathy. The beauty of a flower evokes unexpressed thoughts & feelings that can be difficult to find words for. Delicate and often needing careful nurturing to bloom flowering plants can open our hearts to the vulnerable tenderness that so desires brightly colored expression.
~Bird, Bird Skull~
From the early call of a farmhouse rooster, the gentle buzz of a hummingbird that seems almost out of sync with our own temporal space, to the taunting Raven spoken of by author Edgar Allen Poe. The mocking mimic of a pirate’s colorful parrot, the various Venetian bird masks that are worn by participants in Italy’s carnival & of course, the eagle & hawk feathers used in Native American traditional dress, birds are ever present in our lives. Descendants of dinosaurs, birds have ruled the sky for hundreds of millions of years. That’s much longer than we Homo sapiens have even existed. Kinda makes you think, what might they be squawking about as they watch us from their lofty perches…
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.