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It is common to find a pietra dura brooch, and it is common to find a Whitby jet brooch, but it is exceedingly rare to find the two materials together such as in this lovely brooch from the late Victorian era. Pietra dura is when material is inlayed with highly polished coloured stones to create images, and in this brooch this has been done to make a stunning floral scene that has the most beautiful colours that stand out even more set against the black background. Then the border of the brooch is made from Whitby jet which is the fossilized material of a tree called the Araucaria Tree. Dense black in colour, it was very popular in the late Victorian era and has the ability to be carved as has been with the design that can be seen. The detail is wonderful, and just like the pietra dura, the time and skill needed to create these two sections would have been immense. Measuring 58.5mm across by 48mm, this brooch will stand out from near or far and always be such a fabulous talking point. Stock# ET181 Circa: 1890 $Sold