Antique Garnet Diamond Locket Back Pendant
During the Victorian era garnets cut en cabochon were referred to as carbuncles. When set in yellow gold, the deep port wine color of the garnets creates a hypnotic pool of never-ending depths. Here we have a well proportioned pendant exhibiting these fancy carved garnets to their best advantage.
Appearing as a single carved gem eight carbuncles have been shaped and fitted together to form a cluster dome with a scalloped perimeter. An applied silver star with nine (9) old mine cut diamonds set closed back is perfectly centered within the lushly colored gems. A twisted rope border of 15k yellow gold caresses the outline of each carbuncle in a continuous undulating golden outline.
A corded wire bale of 9k yellow gold surmounts the crest of the pendant as a similarly framed teardrop cabochon garnet functions as an articulated drop in a harmony of symmetry. The reverse reveals a locket compartment with removable glass cover.
Date: Circa 1860.
Measurements: 2-1/2 inches (6.3 cm) in length including bale by 1-3/16 inches (3.0 cm) in width. Weight of 16.7 grams (10.8 dwt).
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