Austria-Hungary was a constitutional monarchy that was created in 1867 and was dissolved in 1918. During this short period of time, many opulent, dramatic pieces of jewelry were produced. Close in proximity to Germany and Italy, Renaissance Revival style was a significant influence. Gothic, Biblical and Mythical themes were prevalent, as was the use of closely clustered jewels, both genuine and paste.
This fantastic brooch is crafted of silver and encrusted with closed back foiled garnets, turquoise and pearls. The center design depicts Eve on the precipice of tasting 'forbidden fruit', the infamous apple, as told in the book of Genesis. A remarkable piece, similar to those found in museum collections, it is sure to cause a stir the moment you put it on!
Dimensions: 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Weight: 17.9 grams
Materials: Silver, garnet, pearl, turquoise
Condition: Excellent antique condition