Back in the 19th century, these works of art were brought back home by visitors to Italy as souvenirs. These micro-mosaic treasures were originally developed in Rome between the 16th and 17th century for the bourgeois. They were termed Smalti Filati and they were created by mixing glass pastes of different colors together and then melting them over an open flame. The molten mass was then tweezed into threads of desired thicknesses and broken up to create the individual mosaic tiles. Mosaic artists were then able to recreate any painted original into these miniature works of art.
This particular bracelet is made out of brass and shows the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Pantheon on the front, while Roma is spelled out on the back. It is truly a valuable keepsake…I wish that souvenirs were as beautiful today!
This souvenir from yesteryear is currently for sale through the Cutter Gallery in Las Cruces, NM. You can view their ebay listing at: