Victorian Bohemian Garnet Pendant
The heyday of Bohemian garnet jewelry was the 19th century when the design form of garnets entirely dominated the metal setting. Placed close together garnets produce a pronounced brightness and a deeper color than when set singularly.
Presenting itself with a timeless sense of the romantic, this antique brooch pendant has a feminine and graceful two element design. The top configuration is a motif of a garnet-encrusted ribbon around the arch of a garden arbor.
Suspended from the arch is a marvelous cluster of garnets upon garnets. Gems are all closed back and, as is characteristic for this type of jewelry, have been set into rose gold gilt over silver (at times referred to as “garnet gold”). Delightfully versatile, on the reverse the antique brooch has a hinged pendant bale allowing the piece to be suspended from a necklace. It would look smashing and quite dramatic worn dropped from a garnet necklace.
Condition: Excellent; light wear evident on the reverse; a bit of patina as expected with age and wear.
Measurements: More than 2-1/8 inches (5.5 cm) in length by less than 1-5/8 inches (4 cm) at the widest. The round drop measures just shy of 1-1/8 inches (2.7 cm) in diameter. This antique brooch pendant has a weight of 14.4 grams.
Date: Circa 1880