Commesso is a bas-relief composition of precisely cut gem materials (pietra dura) combined with enameled gold elements to form an assembled cameo. The commesso technique differs from a cameo in that it is not carved completely from one piece of material, but put together in the manner of a mosaic to form the image. The art of commesso began its popularity in sixteenth century Florence and remained popular throughout Europe until the early twentieth century. This technique was also used extensively to ornament furniture and walls.


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Mosaics in Jewelry