Victorian Bohemian Garnet Choker Necklace
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 Bohemian garnet choker necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful piece is comprised of 3 strands of garnet beads, which are separated by seven columns of larger stones interspersed throughout the design. The garnet beads display a luscious, deep red color and are hand strung on cherry colored thread. The rows of larger stones consist of polished oval cabochons, while the beads are lightly faceted, catching the light beautifully when worn. Each individual bead varies slightly in size and shape, giving an organic feel and appearance to the design. The necklace fastens with a gilded push clasp and rests against the neck when worn, in a traditional choker style. A beautiful Victorian accessory, it makes a striking statement and is perfect for the garnet lover!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 14" long from end to end. The stacked columns of garnet cabochons measure about 1" tall and 3/8" wide. The triple strands of beads in between measure about 1 1/4" long and are 5/8" wide. Each faceted bead measures between 2-3mm in size.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the garnet beads or cabochons, all of which are intact. The stringing is in good condition, and the push clasp fastens securely.