Moon & Stars Bohemian Garnet Necklace
Highly colored jewelry was in favor during the Victorian period through the 1870s and garnets, especially those mined from the mountains of Bohemia were prized for their deep wine red color, intensity and fire.
This 19th century Victorian necklace incorporates a number of the characteristics associated with traditional Bohemian jewelry of that era. A pattern of floral shapes, stars and moons prevail—encrusted with deep, wine red Bohemian garnets close set and entirely dominating the setting. All the gems are present and original and set closed back into rose gold gilt over silver (which is at times referred to as “garnet gold”). Small flower shapes of faceted stones are linked one to another culminating in a large array of three star and crescent moons formed from a triple line of variously sized brilliantly sparkling garnets. A star pendant drop hangs from each of those elements for create a marvelous piece of coveted Bohemian jewelry.
Condition: Excellent; some patina to the reverse and very light wear to the gilding as expected with age and use.
Measurements: 17-3/4 inches (44.5 cm) in length with largest moon/star 1-7/8 inch (4.8 cm) in length by 1-1/6 inches (2.7 cm) in width. This antique necklace has a weight of 29.5 grams (18.9 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1870 and is Continental in origin from the European country of Bohemia (currently the Czech Republic).
Identification Note: Open backed garnet pieces of jewelry are usually 20th century in origin although many term those pieces Victorian. To identify Victorian pieces versus later ones, look for the traditional closed backs of rose gold over silver. Also, the color of the actual garnets is often then a deeper wine color where often later garnets have a bit more orange hue and sometimes less facets.
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