Are you familiar with the Italian mosaic maker Sicis? You should be, they advertise in every home magazine across the globe. I wonder however, if you knew that two years ago they launched a jewelry collection. It is called Sicis Jewels and in addition to jewelry there is also a watch line called Sicis O’Clock. Everything is made out of micro mosaics and precious gemstones.
The art and technique of micro mosaic is astounding. Hundreds of tiny, minute glass* fragments or tesserae come together to form highly detailed images and patterns. It takes precision from very skilled craftsmen and artists to complete an object. Each piece is composed of these miniature pieces of glass* cut from a rod fresh from the flames. A microscope is often needed to assemble the incredibly small pieces. A distinctive feature (and little known fact) of micro mosaics is that the tesserae are usually oblong rather than square.
In the real world of micro mosaics tesserae are really assemblages of small pieces of enamel*, an opague, vitreous substance which is similar to glass. They have always been called glass, but they are really a glass like enamel. The formula for the tesserae is a highly guarded secret. The Vatican kept the formula secret for over 200 years. After the formula was honed, over a period of many years, 28,000 different shades of tesserae were created, which are still in use today.
Micro mosaics are measured in terms of quality by the size of the pieces used to make the objects. The smaller the individual piece, the higher the skill needed to make the mosaic. It is time consuming, precise work. I plan on doing another post about antique micro mosaic work in the future.
For today, enjoy the contemporary Sicis jewel and watch line.
Sicis blue micro mosaic pearl and diamond ring.
Sicis micro mosaic and diamond skull watch.
Earrings by Roger Thomas for Sicis.
Jewelry suite by Roger Thomas for Sicis.
*the glass is really an enamel product.
Are you a fan? What do you think of the latest in micro mosaic jewelry?