PAINTED JEWELRY – past and present

I’ve always loved painted miniatures set in jewelry … the miniatures tell a story that cannot be conveyed by gemstones and metal alone.

Antique Painted Brooch/Pendant


In the past, painted miniatures were mostly paintings of a deceased loved one – as a type of memorial jewelry.

Antique Painted Memorial Brooch

Nowadays, subject matters vary widely and painting on gold or silver can have a “trompe l’oeil” effect.

Christina Goodman “trompe l’oeil” garnet and pearl earrings

Ananda Khalsa Painted Magnolia and Ruby Necklace

Asos Painted Miniature Bracelet

Some pieces have a religious theme, while others have an oriental feeling.  And some are just plain quirky like Delfina Delettrez’s painted eye single earring.

(images via georgianjewelry.com, rubylane.com, ananda khalsa, christina goodman, asos.com, delfina delettrez)

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