Every once in awhile one comes across a piece of vintage costume jewelry that is difficult to pin down in terms of its maker. This is one of those pieces. Many of its design elements suggest that it is a Schreiner. I have seen signed Schreiner pieces that use lacy filigree and the three lobe prongs around the center stone. As well, I have seen signed Schreiner brooches that are less in diameter than the more common 2 1/4 inches. Many Austrian pieces are barely distinguishable from Schreiner pieces. However, more often it is the Austrian piece that uses this particular color motif and that is slightly smaller in diameter. Considering all of this, I am going to err toward it being Austrian.
Regardless this brooch / pendant is really beautiful. It has a complex and dimensional design that I love. The stones are super rich in color and sparkly in appearance. The quality of materials and construction is excellent. One note, in some photos it appears that the center stone may be a watermelon rhinestone. It is highly reflective and does pick up surrounding colors, however it is the same color as the other taupe-brown colored rhinestones.
The brooch features a hook exact;u like that used by Schreiner. It allows for it to be converted to a pendant.
Measurements are 2 inches wide by 2 inches high. It measures 7/8 of an inch front to back.
The condition is excellent.
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