Tapping into the design house’s Italian heritage, Dolce & Gabbana is among the designers featuring mosaics in its jewelry line this season. Mosaic designs utilize tiny bits of colored glass (tesserae) or colored stone (pietra dura) to create pictures on backgrounds of stone.
You’ll recall from my October 21, 2013 blog post this example of mosaic earrings from Dolce & Gabbana, which were featured in the November 2013 issue of Lucky. The earrings are described as incorporating ceramic mosaic.
The same earrings design rendered in different colors is featured in this current Dolce & Gabbana ad.
An ad from Neiman Marcus in the November 2013 issue of Elle Decor spotlights mosaic pendants and brooch from British jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke, along with other examples of her designs.
“This Old Thing?” teases the September 2013 issue of Town & Country, which reports on a number of designers for whom the search for new materials has led them into the past, among them, Elizabeth Locke, whose Coliseum mosaic brooch is pictured. Also spotlighted are Coomi earrings incorporating Stone Age arrowheads; a Sylva & Cie Russian icon pendant; and 1884 Collection earrings that incorporate Roman coins. Separate articles on the page spotlight Martin Katz’s Millennium bow brooches of gold and micro-pave diamonds, and stackable rings from Tamara Comolli, Marie-Helene de Taillac, Pomellato, Roberto Coin, and Marina B.
The spring/summer 2013 issue of Town & Country Weddings included a pair of drop earrings of 24kt gold and mosaic from Gurhan in a montage of honeymoon-appropriate items. Also pictured is an 18kt gold “I LOVE U” bracelet by Verdura, and crocheted flower pins from Hook + Albert.
A particularly spectacular example of mosaic jewelry is this Fred Leighton cuff, which was pictured in the March 2008 issue of Vogue and which I included in my May 9, 2008 JCK blog post, “Trend Watch: Petite Floral Prints and Baubles in a Riot of Color for Spring.”
Based upon Roman techniques, and reaching the height of popularity in the mid-19th Century, mosaic designs are available a wide range of prices and levels of refinement. The mosaics made for tourists today are made with larger tesserae and are of lesser quality, but are still quite charming, as seen in this photo of a contemporary tourist mosaic brooch for sale on eBay.
- 1884 Collection: Roman coin earrings, $2,980
- Coomi: earrings of Stone Age arrowheads, diamonds and 20kt gold, $18,800
- Dolce & Gabbana: gold filigree and ceramic mosaic earrings, $600
- Elizabeth Locke: Coliseum mosaic brooch, $10,500; all other items pictured, price upon request
- Fred Leighton: gold and mosaic cuff bracelet, price upon request
- Gurhan: drop earrings of 24kt gold and mosaics, $3,180
- Hook + Albert: crocheted lapel flower pins, $13 each
- Marie-Helene de Taillac: crown motif ring, $3,940
- Marina B: “Cimin” stackable rings of 18kt gold and interchangeable gemstones, $2,600 each
- Pomellato: stackable “Nudo” collection rings, from $2,250 each
- Roberto Coin: 18kt gold and gemstone ring, $2,400
- Sylva & Cie: Russian icon pendant necklace, $13,759
- Tamara Comolli: 18kt gold “Bouton” topaz ring, $1,710; diamond ring, $4,040
- Verdura: 18kt gold “I LOVE U” bracelet, $11,500