Superb antique Austro Hungarian chain with emeralds, pearls and fine owl heads which have been delicately enamelled. This is a gorgeous chain of 16.5 inches or 42 cms. It is very finely crafted and a real collectors item.
In the 19th century this region was at forefront of industrialisation and trade. Because of this, Austria-Hungary had a rise of both urban middle and upper classes creating more spending power and thus, more jewellery. The empire was home to some of the world's most beautiful jewellery, as well as the costume jewellery legend Swarovski. Emeralds were mined in Austria around this period thus there were emeralds of all qualities easily available to jewellers. The pearls are natural pearls.

19th c Austro Hungarian gilt chain with owls, enamelling and gems