"Gold in the Garden" Vintage Italian Micro Mosaic & Watch Bracelet
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: An adorable floral designed vintage Italian micro mosaic orphan clip-on earring was set in a vintage gold-tone watch bezel. The bracelet is 7" in length.
Components Found in: Hendersonville NC & Long Beach CA
~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 decorations. It was the Greeks, in the fourth century 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.
~Watch n’ clock~
Telling and keeping track of time has a long, evolved history with us humans. The word “clock” comes from the medieval Latin word clocca, meaning “bell”, with cognates in many different European languages as well. There are many examples throughout history of devices made to mark the passage of time without respect to reference time, examples such as candle clocks, incense clocks, hourglasses, and tally sticks. The earliest known records of humans utilizing time measuring devices starts with the sundial, created in Ancient Egypt and ancient Babylonian astrology (around 1500 BC). Soon after, the use of water clocks was known to have been utilized in Ancient Egypt and Babylon as well.
It wasn’t until the 1500s that we started to see time-tracking devices that were worn or carried in travel. It is thought that German clockmaker Peter Henlien was the inventor of the very first watch, which was originally worn around the neck as a pendant or attached to clothing. These timepieces had an hour hand only and, had to be wound twice a day. They were typically made of brass and were round in shape with a hinged brass covering over the face, though a trend for irregularly shaped devices made an appearance at the end of the century which included flowers, animals, insects, stars, books, crosses and even skulls, known as Death’s head watches.
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.
An orphan earring is 1888's term for a single earring that has lost its other pair. Many might see these as now useless, which makes it one of our favorite items to rescue and repurpose!
~Clip On Earrings~
Though there are many different types of non-pierced earrings (such as magnetic, stick on, spring-hoop, ear screws, cuffs, etc.) the clip on earring is the oldest form of non-pierced earrings. Clip on's started to catch on during the nineteenth century as women's hair styles became higher, tighter, and pulled back. It was only human nature to want to adorn the newly-exposed skin, though the church disapproved of any body alterations, including piercings. Thus, an innovative solution was born.
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.