Austro-Hungarian jewelry is known as the epitome of ‘extra‘ with its larger-than-life gemstones and motifs. The Austro-Hungarian empire dates between the 1860s to the 1920s and was one of the most powerful western empires in the world. Today, Austria and Hungary are two separate countries, with their own different identities and jewelry history. Nevertheless, the combination of the two nations in this 80 year period saw some of the most bedazzling and out-of-this-world creations we have ever laid our eyes on. I mean, look at this necklace!
Featuring stunning spacers, garnets, and kissing lovebirds underneath the ruby, this necklace is a perfect example of what jewelry looked like during its time. Austria-Hungary’s close proximity and alliance with Germany and Italy led to many overlapping jewelry influences, especially Renaissance revival and Holbeinesque. These techniques gave them an overtly Gothic look, fitting in perfectly with our Halloween month!
Materials and Features: Paste methyst, marcasite
Condition: Excellent condition.
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