I started collecting these gorgeous little moulded glass fruit gems on ebay from the USA a few years ago after seeing and reading about them in Judith Miller's guide to collecting costume jewellery.
It would seem that they were made in Austria and then shipped to the States.
Its really difficult to have a favourite as they are all so lovely and highly collectible.
They really are such fun... and very topical too.. with fruit images being splashed all over the fashion pages for Spring / Summer 2011
Yummy golden peaches with green enamelled leaves and a complimentary flower
These are such juicy looking apples
Wild strawberries with two complimentary flowers
Two mauve translucent pears -symbol of my county
Red cherries set in a black japanned base.
Strawberries again with two sets of enamelled leaves and two highlight crystals
Peaches ? Plums?
A solitary large crystal pear.
Dear Readers I need your help!
Can you please comment if you like ONE of them more than the rest.Or if you know more about them ...I would love to hear more about them...
Where in Austria were they made?
Why solely for the American market?
Any other collectors out there who can help?