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 or brass; this method is sometimes referred to as ‘garnet gold’.
An exquisite example of bohemian garnet jewelry from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful festoon style necklace is crafted in gilded brass and displays a stunning floral design encrusted with faceted garnet stones. The piece is comprised of floral shaped links that gradually become larger in size towards the center, each one adorned with vibrant prong set garnet stones. Dangling from the center are beautiful garnet-lined links that graduate in size, creating a wonderful festoon style appeal. Each stone exhibits a fantastic deep red hue, with facets that reflect the light beautifully with every turn. The necklace fastens in the back with a simple push clasp seamlessly hidden within the final floral link, allowing the necklace to drape beautifully below the neckline. A fabulous Victorian piece, this bohemian garnet necklace is simply exceptional and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 18” long. The largest of the graduated garnet cluster links is 3/4" in diameter and 1/4" thick. The smallest link measures a little less than 3/8" in diameter and is 1/8" thick. The dangling link at the center hangs about 1 5/8" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the gilded brass and all of the garnet stones are intact. The clasp is secure and in good working condition.