Prior to the advent of photography, portrait miniatures were exchanged as mementos and sometimes sent to potential suitors as an introduction. Each is its own hand-painted masterpiece with unique frames that vary from minimal to diamond-strewn and elaborately adorned. This fine example is painted on a dreamy piece of mother-of-pearl and framed with a stunning two-toned rose-cut diamond frame. It is an incredible reproduction from the 1930s and difficult to discern from its Georgian-era inspiration. Its back is a functional mirror with smoky distortion that adds to its antique charm.
This piece is set in sterling silver with rich yellow gold vermeil accents. There are 61 rose cut diamonds of mixed qualities that total about 1 carat. There is both pinback with a secure safety catch for wear as a brooch as well as a bale for wear as a pendant. It measures about 2 5/8 inches long and 1 7/8 inch wide. The chain pictured is not included, though it is available here. We also have may other options available here, here and through inquiry.