Art Deco 14kt/Gilt Bohemian Garnet Bug Earrings
Bohemian garnet jewelry dates back to the 19th century. During this time, garnets were one of the most popular types of stones used in jewelry production. The garnets were often placed close together in an effort to produce a more pronounced color and brightness than when they were set singularly. Most often, bohemian garnet jewelry was set in a closed back setting made of rose gold gilt over silver; this method is sometimes referred to as 'garnet gold'.
A gorgeous pair of Bohemian garnet bug earrings from the late Art Deco (ca1930s) era! Each earring is quite substantial in size, representing a large fly (or other similar winged insect). The bugs have a traditional gilt setting, and hang from 14kt gold wires at the top. The entire surface of each fly is encrusted in fiery red garnets, which are beautifully faceted for a light-catching sparkle! Larger bezel set stones represent the head and body, while the delicate pave stones cover the wings and accent the eyes. When worn, the earrings frame the face beautifully, dangling with lovely movement. A fantastic pair of vintage statement earrings, they would make an unusual addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurement: Each earring hangs approximately 1 78" long, including the gold wire tops. The garnet bugs measure 1 1/4" tall, 7/8" wide, and 3/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gilt setting or gold earring wires. All of the bohemian garnets are intact. There are some solder marks on the reverse side of the earrings that may indicate a previous repair, which are minor and unnoticeable when the earrings are worn.