This example is another contemporary Czech Rhinestone fantasy. The same modern companies involved in making rhinestone 'vintage-look' jewelry also make holiday-theme decorations like this, in various sizes. In the example in this listing we see a tabletop decoration in the shape of a traditional Christmas tree covered in prong set rhinestones. Instead of a pin-back being soldered onto it a metal filigree base has been added, instead, to allow the piece to stand upright. Like many other types of niche collectibles, Christmas holiday themed memorabilia are not immune to being invaded by numerous new items made to look 'old.'
Note the similarity between the way this piece has been constructed and the way new Lillien and 'Husár D' Czech Republic jewelry is made. That is to say, with visible solder on an unplated or poorly plated back. This does not indicate 'wear' or age on these decorative items any more than it does on the jewelry pieces. Though the rough look of the back on this piece may visually suggest it to be older than it actually is, it is merely a method of manufacture. All of these brand new items are purposefully being made like this.
Be sure to note the price in this listing. The maker of these items sells this size decoration new today for a retail price of about $15 USD. A wholesale buyer purchasing larger numbers in bulk would no doubt pay an even smaller per-piece price.
To see examples of related Czech-made rhinestone items in the Antique & Vintage Jewelry Lane search this shop for 'Czech'. To see other examples of Christmas theme rhinestone items, such as item ID: 2007RP000175, search this shop for 'Christmas'.
Measures 4 7/8 inches tall by 4 inches across.
Illustrations and Characteristics for Help in Identifying Many Confusing New Items
Item listings in this shop are intended to be viewed for educational purposes, only. Items in this shop are not for sale.