Georgian Almandine Garnet Necklace & Pendant
Breathtaking almandine garnet rivière has been paired with a gorgeous original matching almandine garnet pendant. Crafted by the hand of those superb Georgian jewelers in radiant 15k yellow gold work of cannetille and granulation, the time-intensive handwork is unveiled as the individual nature and size of each single gold bead of granulation is viewed. The removable pendant still with its original garnet set bale, features modified flat cut almandine garnets with fifteen facets apiece set in detailed gold bead work bezels. Thin intricate wires of 15k karat gold have been spun into golden spirals joining together the faceted gems.
The garnets have been transformed through the use of foiling behind each of the closed and backed gems creating a deep and lustrous port wine color with hints of lighter tones of pink that virtually breathe with life. For similar examples please see front and back cover pages and page 40 of “Georgian Jewellery 1714 – 1830” by Olivia Collings and Ginny Dawes.
Condition: Excellent; all stones appear original and fine; the garnet in the clasp has one side chip and a few rubbings on the edges of the facets. On reverse of the pendant gold work on east and west has been rubbed and worn the most. As with many pieces of Georgian jewelry the links are very tiny—while the necklace lies beautifully on the neck and does not turn or flip, once it is removed the links can twist and will take a moment to realign themselves.
Measurements: Pendant is 1-7/8 inches (4.5 cm) wide by 2-3/8 inches (6.1 cm) in height including top bale and 1-13/16 inches (5 cm) without. The rivière is 14-1/2 inches (35.4 cm) in length. Weight of 37.3 grams (24 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1820 – 1830 and is most likely English in origin.
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