Trove

Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. We look to the past for unique trinkets and treasures, from the 1700s onward.

A portrait of debauchery.

Behold Bacchus, god of wine, fertility, and the theatrical arts. If there’s ever a season to don a pendant with his likeness, spring is it. No doubt, the whimsy of this piece makes up most of its charm, but the artistry of this pendant deserves acknowledgment, too. Every vine of Bacchus’ crown, every swirl of his beard and angle of his cheekbone is a tiny piece of glass in this stunning “micromosaic.” This mode of jewelry-making was favored by young Italian artisans in the late 18th century, who used hundreds of tiny pieces of glass to produce novel but precious keepsakes like this one. The portrait is set in an 18k gold pendant mount. $4,600. Available at 1stdibs.

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