Not the Usual Victorian Bohemian Garnet Necklace
It was during the reign of Queen Victoria when Bohemian garnet jewelry developed what came to be expected as its characteristic form where garnets entirely dominated the metal setting. In earlier examples, such as this one the garnets are traditionally foiled and set closed back in rose gold over silver – sometimes referred to as “garnet gold”.
Delightful star pattern clusters of these dark claret-hued garnets (pyrope garnets) set close together display a deep inner glow of fire and a bright and shimmering intensity. Smaller floral cluster transcend into larger star pattern links with garnets cut into atypical leaf shapes rather than the prevailing design of tiers of round cuts stones. A lovely garnet bejeweled rectangular tongue and groove clasp finishes the piece.
Measurements: 14-1/2 inches (36.8 cm) in total length by 1-3/16 inches (3.2 cm) at the widest. Smallest floral detail is 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) in width. This necklace will fit most necks but is a bit shorter; chain could be added to each end to lengthen if needed. Weight of 31.0 grams (19.9 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; one side has eight small cluster links and the other has seven causing clasp sits slightly off center at back of neck.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is European in origin.
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