Edwardian Bohemian Garnet Festoon Necklace
Taking the name from the region of Bohemia in the Czech Republic, Bohemian garnets have a fiery dark-hued claret color. Typically the stones are set very close with very little metal exposed. Earlier pieces from the late 19th century were set closed back and foiled; those after 1900, such as this 1910 example are open backed.
Designed as a festoon necklace, the faceted pyrope garnets have been placed in the traditional patterns of star and floral shapes and clusters. The unusual “sea horse” or modified “S” configuration provides a lovely sense of balance and symmetry for the vermeil (silver gilt) period piece.
Measurements: 17-9/16 inches (44.7 cm) in total length with a center drop of 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm). Flower to flower for drop area is 2 3/4 inches (6.8 cm) in length. Weight of 21.9 grams (14.1 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1910 and is European in origin.
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