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Italian micro mosaic jewelry

1820-1830 Italy. brooch

1820-1830 brooch. Italian micro mosaic jewelry

Italian micro mosaic jewelry

Micro-mosaic is painting, laid with tiny pieces of glass called tesserae. In some cases, the number reached 5000 per square inch (2.54 x 2.54 cm). This technique which came into vogue in the 17th century and flourished in the 18th century in the Vatican Mosaic workshop, continues to this day. Also there were workshops in Venice and Florence. Micro mosaic jewelry became popular in the 17-19 centuries in connection with the fashion for travel among the aristocracy. From their trips travelers brought souvenirs – micromosaic depicting historical sites, or sent to their relatives as postcards with pictures on them. Especially popular were the Italian ruins.
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Stone mosaic by Sergey Karlov

Stone mosaic by Sergey Karlov

Stone mosaic by Russian stone carver and mosaic artist Sergey Karlov

Mosaic can be made from different materials – stone, glass, ceramic tile, wood. Presented here mosaics is made of Salbyksky stone. Salbyksky mound – the largest archaeological monument of Khakassia, found in the “Valley of the Kings”, the Eastern Siberia. Sacred territory of Valley of the Kings is popular not only among tourists but also shamans, who perform here ritual cleansing, renewing a person’s energy. Among Khakases there is a legend that Salbyksky mound – the handiwork of giants. Blonde people of tremendous growth possessed supernatural powers. Stone mosaic by Sergey Karlov is inspired by Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt and Antonio Gaudi. Sergey Karlov is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia
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