The hub of the universe

Antique micromosaic pendant in gold with chain, around 1890

All roads lead to Rome, and in the middle of Rome lies the Roman Forum, the hub of the universe. In fact, in ancient times there was a small temple here, the Umbilicus urbis, which was quite literally considered the navel of the city and the empire. Today, the splendor of the Roman Empire is gone, but among all the remains of that great civilization, some columns stand out: they are the remains of the temple of Vespasian and Titus, three columns about 15 meters high under a piece of beams, which seem to have defied the decay and the rigors of time for almost 2000 years, unimpressed. To seem, mind you: for in fact we can admire the columns, as also shown in the fine micromosaic here, only since 1811. Before that, they were almost two-thirds buried by earth and rubble. It was not until the beginning of the new century that they were uncovered, restored and fully visible again. The mosaic, which makes an elegant, warmly gleaming gold setting to a pendant, was created and set at the end of the 19th century. It is set in aventurine glass, a shimmering, unusual glass with embedded copper particles responsible for the special shimmer. A matching chain in a matching shade of rose gold has survived with the piece and is included.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.