This is a beautifully made Victorian stick pin or tie pin with a pietra dura picture of a white rose and foliage.
Pietra dura is hard stone inlay work, which is difficult to carve, especially when the individual pieces are as minute and dainty as in this panel. The actual picture of the rose is 1.6cm long and 1.2cm wide, the pin head is 2.7cm long and 1.7cm wide and the entire pin 6.7cm long.
It is difficult to date precisely, but it would have been a grand tour tourist piece, probably from Italy, Circa.1880’s or thereabouts.
None of the surrounding decorative yellow and white metal scroll work is hallmarked. However, the metal has been acid tested, with the body of the pin head in silver, the decorative scroll work surround in 15 carat yellow gold, with a 9 carat gold pin.
It is in excellent overall condition, with no damage/repair or obvious signs of wear.
A beautiful survivor of an intricate antique art work.