Pietra dura translates to "hard stone" in Italian but also refers to the artistic practice of inlaying stone into a hard backing to create pictures. While mosaics are usually immediately identifiable as separate pieces within a design, pietra dura usually requires a closer look. The stone inlay work is so finely crafted, that pietra dura often looks like a painting. This quality in craftsmanship usually makes pietra dura more valuable than other mosaic work.
Accompanied by a bagel-full of a 14k gold band, the details on every inch of this piece is precious. A perfect addition to any pietradura collection, arm stack, or any historical collection at all.
Materials and Features: 14k yellow gold, pietradura
Age/Origin: American, c.1840
Condition: Excellent condition.
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