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Bygone Romance: Garnet Hair Comb

SOLD Item 10402

Its a legend! This eye catching jewel is featured on page 128 in the latest 7th edition of the book, "Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry" by C. Jeanenne Bell! See over 30 of pieces of our jewelry highlighted - both currently for sale and from the recent past. Don't miss this wonderful resource.

Combs as adornment for the hair have been universal cultural artifacts for thousands of years. Crafted from bone, wood, metal or any number of materials, the fashion of jewelry for the hair reached its peak of popularity during the mid to late 1800s.

An array of Bohemian garnets lights up this three prong tortoise shell hair comb with a subtle fire that could set any scene ablaze. Through the centuries this rich red stone, also referred to as pyrope, was worn to protect the traveler from harm. It was during the Victorian era that Bohemian garnet jewelry developed its characteristic design form where the garnets entirely dominated the metal setting.

With a motif of three feathers, garnet upon garnet of varying size and shape encrusts the entire surface. With its inventive hinge mechanism, the comb can be worn as a tiara or as a simple adornment at the back or side of the head. The stones have a wonderful clarity and transparency and refract the light with a brilliant sparkle. Measures 3 1/2 inches (8.8 cm) in total length. Garnet portion measures 1 5/8 inches (4.3 cm) by just over 1 1/2 inches (4.0 cm) at the widest part. In very good condition with one of the smallest garnets chipped entirely with the base remaining, all other aspects excellent. Circa 1880.