Bohemian Garnet Pearl Bangle
Garnet jewelry was at its zenith during the 19th century, and it was during the Victorian era that Bohemian garnet jewelry developed its characteristic design of the garnets entirely dominating the metal setting. Similar patterns of stars, floral shapes, teardrop and clusters of these gems were frequently repeated. This type of jewelry utilized rich claret-hued stones (pyrope garnets) that had been mined in the Bohemian region of Eastern Europe. Highly prized for both color and light refraction, these close-set faceted garnets take on a striking luminosity and intense color when placed in clusters. It is said that the fire from a single Bohemian garnet can warm the coldest heart.
Long ago this antique jewel was converted from a linked bracelet to a bangle by affixing a silver band to the interior. Allowing for an infinitely more stable piece, it opens using a tongue and groove clasp and is hinged on the side and secured with a gold safety chain. Mounted in the traditional rose gold gilding over silver, gorgeous clusters of faceted fiery colored garnets have been accented with tiny half seed pearls to emphasize the bracelet’s floral forms. Rich and regal, striking and sophisticated in both look and design.
The bracelet itself measures 1-3/8 inches (3.4 cm) at its widest point. The bangle area ranges from 3/8 of an inch (0.9 cm) to 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) at the widest. The inner circumference is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm). Weighs 32.4 grams. Condition of the exterior is very good with medium to heavy wear on the interior. The safety chain has had a minute repair to center link. A bit of wear to hinges between the links that does not affect wear as links are no longer used for support. Dates to circa 1860 and is Continental* in origin.
*Bohemia is a historical region in central Europe occupying the western two-thirds of the present day Czech Republic sometimes referred to as Czechoslovakia.
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