It takes a skillful artisan to create a purse completely covered with rhinestones or crystals. Judith Leiber mastered this skill as did many craftsmen from Austria and West Germany right after the war. It takes great skill to create a bag that has elegance and beauty without looking "cheap"and loud. This bag made in Austria achieves this. It is rectangular shaped and is soft structured. The stones are sewn on background netting. Every inch of the bag is covered with stones that glimmer intensely as the light bounces off them. Most stones are small and round and are amber color. There are light amber stones and darker ones, sort of like bright sunshine yellow and cool lemon yellow. The back has rows of the lighter amber colored stones alternating with clear stones. All are individually prong set. The combination of the two colors creates a receding effect that along with the illumination, is spectacular. Besides the amber stones, the front has 6 rows of "flowers" or medallions created by the gems. There are flowers made from clear rhinestones combined with a very large domed aurora borealis stone that emit rays of amber and purple.These accents are bold and definitely stand out. However, when looked upon closely, you see that in between these accents are smaller flowers made of the amber stones and clear rhinestones. These flowers also employ marquis shaped amber stones. They are very subtle in contrast to the obvious larger ones. What a design!!! Just having the creativity to "think" it, design it and then create it, is indeed quite a accomplishment. There is a shiny serpentine gold tone carry handle with a drop of 5". A simple gold tone kiss clasp opens and closes the bag. The inside is lined in a pale yellow satiny fabric. There is an open slip pocket as well as a sewn in label stating"Made in Austria". There are some very minor indications of wear and age. The bag measures 5"h x 6 3/4"w x 1 1/2"d. The bag is in great condition...all stones are present. This is a beauty. Should be a staple in every fashionista's closet. It is a timeless and classic bag that makes a statement. And boy, does it shine!!! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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