Victorian Large Brass & Bohemian Garnet Filigree Cross Pendant
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 magnificent Bohemian garnet cross pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful and ornate piece is made of brass and is rather substantial in size. The body of the cross is wide and has an open filigree design, which is encrusted with faceted garnet stones. The garnets have a fiery, deep red color that looks stunning against the bright brass setting! A cluster of teardrop garnet stones forms a beautiful flower-shaped centerpiece in the middle of the cross. At the top of the piece is a decorative bail, which has a complimentary Bohemian garnet design. A very special piece, it is perfect for any garnet lover and would look incredible worn on a beautiful chain!
Measurements: The cross hangs approximately 3 1/4" long and measures 3/8" at its thickest point. The cross measures 5/8" wide at the narrow point and 2" across at the middle.
Condition: The overall condition of this piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the brass setting or to the bohemian garnet stones, all of which are intact. The bail is secure and in good working condition.