Artists come in all shapes and sizes. Some paint. Some throw clay. Some sculpt. And others cut tiny pieces of shell and stone and make them into amazing works of art. Each small piece being traced and cut, then honed down to fit just perfectly with the piece next to it. We don’t have an exact date on this piece, but we don’t think that matters because. . . . that mosaic.
What We Love About It: The intricate cut work of the mosaic stones set in the onyx. The pretty rose that is in the process of unfurling. You almost expect to be able to watch it open right up.
The Deets: It was sold to us as carved shell, but we are pretty sure it’s various semi-precious stones (when was the last time you saw a green sea shell) set into onyx. We’re making our best guess that it’s carnelian and malachite. The brooch, which offers a bezel for the mosaic, is gold toned and the pin mechanism is a simple one, suggesting to us that it’s likely very early 20th century work, if not a little earlier. It measures a little over 1.5″ x 1″.
Sometimes the details aren’t really that important when it comes to art. We bet you’ll agree.